Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tippy Martinez (#254)

I received this card in the mail. Tippy is a former left-handed relief pitcher who pitched from 1974-1988. He was a member of the 1983 World Series Baltimore Orioles and he posted a lifetime win-loss record of 55-42 with an ERA of 3.45.

Tippy is probably best known or picking off three Toronto Blue Jays off first base in one inning during an August 24, 1983 game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. The Orioles, having replaced both their starting catcher and his backup while rallying to tie the game in the ninth inning, entered the tenth with reserve infielder Lenn Sakata in the game at catcher. Three consecutive Blue Jays hitters reached first base and each one, thinking it would be easy to steal a base on Sakata, took a big lead. Martinez picked off all three baserunners and then became the winning pitcher when the Orioles won the game on Sakata's home run in the bottom of the tenth.

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