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Steve Renko – 1973 Topps#623

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   Steve Renko, Jr. (born December 10, 1944 in Kansas City, Kansas) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Montreal Expos (1969–1976), Chicago Cubs (1976–1977), Chicago White Sox (1977), Oakland Athletics (1978), Boston Red Sox (1979–1980), California Angels (1981–1982) and Kansas City Royals (1983). He helped the Angels win the 1982 American League Western Division, with a win/loss of 11-6. Steve was a 15 game winner in 1971 and 1973, led the National League in earned runs allowed (115) in 1971, led the National League in wild pitches (19) in 1974, and he ranks 99th on the career home runs allowed List (248). In 15 seasons he had a 134-146 win-loss record, 451 games, 365 games started, 57 complete games, 9 shutouts, 36 games finished, 6 saves, 2,494 innings pitched, 2,438 hits allowed, 1,233 runs allowed, 1,107 earned runs allowed, 248 home runs allowed, 1,010 walks allowed, 1,455 strikeouts, 22 hit batsmen, 73 wild pitches, 10,704 batters faced, 86 intentional walks, 4 balks and a 3.99 earned run average. In 1979, he carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Oakland A’s in Oakland, only to be broken up by a Rickey Henderson double with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Renko pitched 5 career one-hitters.

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