|CHIC SLEEVELESS/WINDBREAKER PAIRING.|
|TOSSED THAT NO-NO FOR WILSON OF THE CAROLINA LEAGUE.|
With the difficult-to-find 1965 Heritage currently in the cross-hairs of most cardboard aficionados, seems like a week's worth of Pursue the Pennants is in order, with a back-to-the-future slant of course.
WHO'S THE HERO?
- Bob Veale looked like a flame-thrower, standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 212 pounds. And he was, striking out eight batters per nine innings during his 13-year career. He led the NL in K's in 1964 with 250 and established a career-high the following season with 276. As with a lot of strikeout artists, he walked a bunch, too, leading the league four times and averaging four per nine.
WHY IT'S SLICK
- Look at the card. I mean, come on!
- His 276 strikeouts in '65 set a Pirates record that still stands. Veale was second in the NL to #300 Sandy Koufax, who mowed down a major-league record 382.
- In '68, Veale went 13-14 despite a 2.05 ERA, the lowest for a losing pitcher with more than 20 starts since 1914.
- From '71 until he retired in '74, he came out of the pen, saving 17 games. As a starter, he was 110-91 with a 2.95 ERA and a 117 ERA+. He was an NL All-Star team selection in '65 and '66.
AHEAD TO '14
- Gerrit Cole might have the best chance to become the modern-day equivalent to Veale. In his 1 1/2 years in the minors, he struck out 8.2 per nine and walked 2.5. Last season, his first in Pittsburgh, the 6-4, 235-pound rookie made 19 starts and averaged 7.7 strikeouts and 3.5 walks per nine.
|AS CROPS GO, THIS ONE'S A WHIFF.|
|HAS THE MAKINGS OF A GREAT ONE.|