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Jerry Reuss – 1973 Topps #446

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ImageJerry Reuss (born June 19, 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, who had a 22-year career from 1969 to 1990.  He was the third oldest active player when he retired at age 41 in 1990. He was one of only 29 players in major league history to play in four different decades. In 1988 he became the second pitcher in history, joining Milt Pappas, to win 200 career games without ever winning 20 in a single season. He was later joined by Frank Tanana, Charlie Hough, Dennis Martinez, Chuck Finley, Mike Mussina, Kenny Rogers, and Tim Wakefield.
Reuss was a two time All-Star – first in 1975 with the Pirates, having 18 wins and 11 losses that season and an earned run average of 2.54, and then again in 1980 with the Dodgers, striking out all three batters he faced in that year’s game, and earning the win. In 1980 Reuss had one of the best seasons of his career with eighteen wins and only six losses, and leading the majors in shutouts with six; he also threw a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants on June 27, striking out only 2 batters, narrowly missing a perfect game due to a throwing error in the first inning by shortstop Bill Russell. Reuss finished second behind Steve Carlton in the running for the Cy Young Award, and won the MLB Comeback Player of the Year ImageAward. In 1981 Reuss went 10-4 with a career-low 2.30 ERA in a strike-shortened season, and won two postseason games including one against the New York Yankees in the 1981 World Series, helping the Dodgers win the title. On June 11, 1982, Jerry Reuss recorded 27 consecutive outs in a game, with only the opponent’s leadoff batter reaching base.
Reuss later became a baseball broadcaster for the Angels and a pitching coach with the minor league Iowa Cubs, before returning to the Dodgers in 2006 to serve as a color commentator alongside Rick Monday. He was previously a color commentator for the California/Anaheim Angels from 1996-98.

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