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RIP Bob Welch

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Steak Snabler, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Former Dodgers and As pitcher. Last man to win 25 games.

    Dead at 57:

  2. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    Welch had a well-publicized battle with alcohol in his Dodgers days. Hope substance abuse was not the cause.
  3. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Ebony Eyes was a great song. RIP
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I have a bad feeling about this one. I hope I'm wrong.
  5. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Great Dodgers pitcher went on to become great A's pitcher who won 27 games one year in the late '80s.

    I was 7 when this happened in the World Series. Watched it live.

  6. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    Heart attack. Damn.

    I was the scorekeeper for Eastern Michigan's baseball team for a couple years. Even though he reached the majors, he never forgot his roots and would come around when he could.

    He was a good guy. A troubled guy, but a good guy.
  7. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Was scheduled to pitch in Game 3 of the 1989 World Series before the 5:04. RIP.
  8. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    I read his book, "5 O'Clock Comes Early," when I was 14 or so. That book did as much as anything to convince me to be careful with the bottle. RIP.
  9. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    The first World Series game I attended was in 1978 when Welch struck out Reggie Jackson to end the game. RIP
  10. Sea Bass

    Sea Bass Well-Known Member

    Great at bat. I loved how Welch came high and tight with pure smoke twice in that at bat and Reggie didn't so much as glance out to the mound. Trying to imagine that happening today.

    Also, skip to about the 5:14 mark when a fan gets near the pitcher's mound, stumbles, then just gets the hell out of there. Hilarious. I think it actually might be Gary Dell'Abate.
  11. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    Hall of Fame baseball writer Bob Hunter used to tell him, "I liked you better when you were a drunk."
    Welch laughed along with all of us.
    In 1983, he was pitching in a spring game in West Palm Beach against the Braves. Some of us had tickets for Bob Seger that night in Hollywood. We told him to pitch fast because we didn't want to be late for the concert.
    That night when we got to the concert, a helicopter landed and out came Welch. He'd taken the bus back to Vero and had the helicopter waiting at the Vero Beach airport, courtesy of his Detroit buddy Bob Seger.
    Sorry to hear this sad news.
  12. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Great story, SCD.

    Welch is one of the worst Cy Young picks ever (Roger Clemens, Dave Stieb, Dave Stewart and Chuck Finley all had far better years in 1990), but he had a good career. RIP.
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