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Roy Thomas (pitcher)

Roy Thomas
Born: (1953-06-22) June 22, 1953 (age 62)
Quantico, Virginia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 21, 1977 for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
August 4, 1987 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
Win–loss record 20–11
Earned run average 3.82
Strikeouts 289
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Roy Justin Thomas (born June 22, 1953) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He holds the distinction of having compiled the most wins without a loss ever on a team with a losing record[citation needed] when he went 7-0 for the 74-88 Seattle Mariners in 1985. He has now[when?] moved to Oregon with his wife, as she is now[citation needed] working at Intel.

Philadelphia Phillies

Thomas grew up in Lompoc, California, and was the star pitcher of the Lompoc Nationals Little League team that went to the SoCal finals at El Monte in

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After a brief stint with the Northwest League's Walla Walla Phillies in

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Chicago White Sox

After two more seasons in the Phillies' farm system, the once deemed "untouchable"[4] Thomas was dealt to the Chicago White Sox with fellow pitching prospect Dick Ruthven and outfielder Alan Bannister for Jim Kaat and Mike Buskey on December 10,

  1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year.[5] In his only season in the their organization, Thomas went 6-11 with a 3.75 ERA with the triple A Iowa Oaks. After which, he was selected by the Seattle Mariners with the 31st pick in the 1976 Major League Baseball expansion draft. The M's placed the pitcher on waivers toward the end of Spring training, then worked out a trade to the Houston Astros for infielder Larry Milbourne.[6]

Houston Astros

He was converted to a relief pitcher in

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St. Louis Cardinals

He returned to Charleston in

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Thomas began the

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He earned a spot in the Cardinals' bullpen in Spring 1980, but got off to a horrible start to the regular season (11.57 ERA & 1 blown save in April). He then entered the starting rotation, and made the finest start of his major league career on May 14 against the Padres. In seven innings, he surrendered five hits and one earned run to earn the win.[15] On May 30, after returning to the bullpen, he struck Montreal Expos outfielder Ellis Valentine in the face with a pitch, shattering his cheekbone.[16] He remained in the Cards' bullpen another month until he was optioned down to Springfield to make room for Silvio Martinez's return from the disabled list.[17] After the season, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 1980 rule 5 draft.

Seattle Mariners


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He spent his first Spring with his new club in the majors, but was shipped to the triple A Salt Lake City Gulls just as the

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A sore elbow in his pitching arm derailed his 1984 season.[20] Though he was only with the M's for a little over half the season, he appeared in 21 games and pitched 49.2 innings. He returned healthy in

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He was brought up to Seattle in late May, and immediately became manager Chuck Cottier's favorite arm out of the bullpen. The Mariners set a franchise record with an eight-game winning streak in late June.[22] Thomas appeared in three games during that stretch, and earned two wins while holding opposing batters to a .190 batting average. When fortunes reversed, and the M's were on a six-game losing streak in late July, Thomas pitched 6.1 brilliant innings of relief against the American League champion Boston Red Sox to break the streak.[21] Despite having missed almost two months of the season, he pitched a team high 93.2 innings in relief, compiling a 7-0 record with a 3.36 ERA and seventy strikeouts.

His sore elbow returned just as the 1986 season was set to start.[23] As it turned out, he had elbow tendinitis which rendered him unable to pitch the entire season at any level.[24]

He was released by the M's in December,[25] but returned the following Spring as a non-roster invitee. He earned a spot with the triple A Calgary Cannons,[26] and was brought to the majors in late June. On July 9, 1987 Thomas pitched 4.2 scoreless innings against the Red Sox to earn his first win of the season.[27] Coupled with his 7-0 record in 1985, Thomas ended his major league career with an eight-game winning streak.

Having spent most of his career in the American League, Thomas only logged 34 career at-bats. His only career run batted in came off Randy Jones on July 19, 1978.[12]

Senior Professional Baseball Association

Thomas pitched for the St. Lucie Legends of the Senior Professional Baseball Association in

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Thomas was a teacher at Illahee Middle School in the Federal Way, Washington School District.[28]

He now lives in Beaverton, OR, with his wife, Jane.


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  2. "Goodwin Top Selection in Baseball Draft". Star-News. June 9, 1971. 
  3. Ralph Bernstein (February 26, 1974). "Future Not Bright for Lowly Phillies". The Tuscaloosa News. 
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  12. 12.0 12.1 "San Diego Padres 5, St. Louis Cardinals 3". July 19, 1978. 
  13. "St. Louis Cardinals 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1". July 3, 1979. 
  14. "St. Louis Cardinals 2, New York Mets 1". August 7, 1979. 
  15. "St. Louis Cardinals 2, San Diego Padres 1". May 14, 1980. 
  16. "Long Healing Period For Ellie". The Gazette (Montreal). June 2, 1980. 
  17. "Cardinals' Martinez Leaves Disabled List". Lawrence Journal-World. July 5, 1980. 
  18. "M's Trade". Spokane Daily Chronicle. December 10, 1981. 
  19. "Mariners Ship Rawley to Yankees for Nelson, Caudill". Ellensburg Daily Record. April 2, 1982. 
  20. "Mariners Recall Chambers and Nunez". Sun Journal (Lewiston). June 13, 1984. 
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Thomas, Mariners Tatter Red Sox, 10-3". The Post and Courier. July 28, 1985. 
  22. "Thomases Lead Seattle to a Record 7th Straight". Spokane Chronicle. June 29, 1985. 
  23. "Angels Go Long Way to Sink M's". Spokane Chronicle. Apr 10, 1986. 
  24. Nick Cafardo (July 10, 1987). "Sox Pitching Fails". Sun Journal (Lewiston). 
  25. "Yankees Trade Wynegar to Angels for Romanick". Reading Eagle. December 20, 1986. 
  26. "Mariners Release Castillo, Send Swift Down". Record-Journal. March 26, 1987. 
  27. "Seattle Mariners 11, Boston Red Sox 5". July 9, 1987. 
  28. "Former Mariners pitcher Roy Thomas throws out 1st Pitch Tomorrow". MLBlogs Network. May 21, 2012. 

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