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Don Gullet – 1973 Topps #595

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ImageDonald Edward “Don” Gullett (born January 6, 1951 in Lynn, Kentucky) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees from 1970 to 1978. He also served as pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds from 1993 to 2005. Gullett played for the Reds from 1970 through the 1976 season. In November of that year, as a free agent, he signed with the New York Yankees. He enjoyed a successful 14-4 season with the Yankees in 1977, but shoulder problems in 1978 signalled the end of his career. During a relatively brief nine year career, Gullett accumulated 109 wins and posted an impressive 3.11 Earned Run Average. Playing for only nine seasons, Gullett was a member of six World Series teams (1970, 72, 75, 76, 77, 78), including four consecutive World Champions (’75 and ’76 Reds, and ’77 and ’78 Yankees). At the plate, Don Gullett posted a respectable (for a pitcher) career batting average of .194. For example, in a 1975 National League Championship Series game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gullett not only pitched a complete game victory, he also helped himself out by hitting a single, a home run, and collecting 3 RBI. IImagen 1993, he rejoined the Reds as pitching coach, a post he held until being ousted mid-season in 2005.

Reds fire Miley, Gullett

The Cincinnati Reds Tuesday fired manager Dave Miley and pitching coach Don Gullet, replacing them with Jerry Narron and Vern Ruhle. The Reds have the second-worst record in the National League at 27-43, 18 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. Miley, who spent 26 years in the Reds organization, posted a 125-164 record as manager since taking over for Bob Boone in 2003. Gullett had been pitching coach since 1993.

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