Al Downing (baseball)
Born: June 28, 1941|
Trenton, New Jersey
|July 19, 1961 for the New York Yankees|
Last MLB appearance
|July 13, 1977 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Earned run average||3.22|
Career highlights and awards
Alphonso Erwin "Al" Downing (born June 28, 1941) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He was an All Star in 1967 and the NL Comeback Player of the Year in 1971. Downing is also famous for surrendering Hank Aaron's record breaking 715th home run on April 8,
New York Yankees
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Downing was 9-5 with a 2.66 ERA when he made his only All-Star team in
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Injuries limited Downing to only twelve starts in
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NL Comeback Player of the Year
Downing's stay in Oakland was short lived, as he was dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers on June 11, 1970 with Tito Francona for Steve Hovley. Despite a respectable 3.34 ERA, Downing's record was 2-10 for a Brewers team that narrowly escaped losing 100 games (97). For the season, Downing went 5-13 with a 3.52 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 27 games and 22 starts between his two teams.
Prior to the start of the
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After giving up Hank Aaron's famous 715th home run on April 8, 1974, Downing made his third, and final post-season appearance that season. His Dodgers lost four games to one to the Oakland A's. Downing played two more full seasons with the Dodgers, and was released during the
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Downing served as a color analyst on Dodgers cable-TV broadcasts from 1980–87 and on Dodgers radio in 2005. He also broadcast for CBS Radio in the 1990s, and the Atlanta Braves in 2000. As of 2006, he remains on the Dodgers Speaker's Bureau.
- List of Major League Baseball strikeout champions
- List of Major League Baseball pitchers who have struck out three batters on nine pitches
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