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Dennis Lee Eckersley, nicknamed “Eck”, is an American former professional baseball pitcher. Between 1975 and 1998, he pitched in Major League Baseball

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Dennis Eckersley Biography

Dennis Lee Eckersley, nicknamed “Eck”, is an American former professional baseball pitcher. Between 1975 and 1998, he pitched in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, and St. Louis Cardinals

Dennis Eckersley Age

Dennis Eckersley was Born on October 3, 1954, and he is 64 years old as of 2019, Oakland, CA

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Eckersley grew up in Fremont, California, rooting for both the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics. Two of his boyhood heroes were the Giants’ Willie Mays and Juan Marichal, and he later adopted Marichal’s high leg kick pitching delivery.

 

 

 

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 He was a quarterback at Washington High School in Fremont, California until his senior year, when he gave up football to protect his throwing arm from injury. He won 29 games as a pitcher at Washington, throwing a 90 miles per hour (140 km/h) fastball and a screwball.

Dennis Eckersley was born in Oakland, California, and played both baseball and football in high school. He ultimately chose to give up football and focus on baseball. The Cleveland Indians drafted him directly out of high school, and he spent three years in the Minor Leagues, before being called up to Majors in 1975. He went on to win the AL Rookie Pitcher of the Year Award that year. After three successful seasons with the Cleveland Indians, including pitching a no-hitter in May of 1977, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. He then played for the Chicago Cubs, the Oakland Athletics, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Boston Red Sox again, before retiring in 1998. He is a 6-time All-Star, a World Series champion, an American League MVP, and an AL Cy Young Award winner. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.

Baseball career
Cleveland Indians (1975-1977)
The Cleveland Indians selected Eckersley in the third round of the 1972 MLB draft; he was disappointed that he was not drafted by the Giants. He made his MLB debut on April 12, 1975. He was the American League Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 1975, compiling a 13–7 win-loss record and 2.60 Earned run average (ERA). His unstyled, long hair, mustache, and live fastball made him an instant and identifiable fan favorite. Eckersley pitched reliably over three seasons with the Indians.[citation needed

On May 30, 1977, Eckersley no-hit the California Angels 1-0 at Cleveland Stadium. He struck out 12 batters and only allowed two to reach base, Tony Solaita on a walk in the first inning and Bobby Bonds on a third strike that was a wild pitch. He earned his first All-Star Game selection that year and finished the season with a 14-13 win-loss record.

Boston Red Sox (1978-1984)
The Indians traded Eckersley and Fred Kendall to the Boston Red Sox for Rick Wise, Mike Paxton, Bo Díaz, and Ted Cox on March 30, 1978. Over the next two seasons, Eckersley won a career-high 20 games in 1978 and 17 games in 1979, with a 2.99 ERA in each year. However, during the remainder of his tenure with Boston, from 1980 to 1984, Eckersley pitched poorly. His fastball had lost some steam, as demonstrated by his 43–48 record with Boston. He later developed a great slider.

Chicago Cubs (1984-1986)
On May 25, 1984, the Red Sox traded Eckersley with Mike Brumley to the Chicago Cubs for Bill Buckner, one of several mid-season deals that helped the Cubs to their first postseason appearance since 1945. Eckersley gave up 5 runs in 5.1 innings, taking the loss, in his sole start for the Cubs in their NL Championship Series with the San Diego Padres.

Eckersley remained with the Cubs in 1985, when he posted an 11–7 record with two shutouts (the last two of his career). Eckersley’s performance deteriorated in 1986 when he posted a 6–11 record with a 4.57 ERA. After the season, he checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic to treat alcoholism. Eckersley noted in Pluto’s book that he realized the problem he had after family members videotaped him while drunk and played the tape back for him the next day. During his Hall of Fame speech, he recalled that time in his life, saying “I was spiraling out of control personally. I knew I had come to a crossroads in my life. With the grace of God, I got sober and I saved my life.”

Oakland Athletics (1987-1995)
Eckersley was traded again on April 3, 1987, to the Oakland Athletics, where manager Tony La Russa intended to use him as a set-up pitcher or long reliever. Indeed, Eckersley started two games with the A’s before an injury to then-closer Jay Howell opened the door for Eckersley to move into the closer’s role. He saved 16 games in 1987 and then established himself as a dominant closer in 1988 by recording a league-leading 45 saves.

Eckersley recorded 4 saves against the Red Sox in the regular season, He dominated once more by recording saves in all four games as the A’s swept the Red Sox in the 1988 ALCS. (which was matched by Greg Holland in the 2014 ALCS), but he found himself on the wrong end of Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series home run (Eckersley himself first coined the phrase “walk-off home run” to describe that moment) as the A’s lost to the Dodgers in 5 games.

St. Louis Cardinals (1996-1997)
When La Russa left the Athletics after the 1995 season to become the St. Louis Cardinals’ new manager, he arranged to bring Eckersley along with him.[clarification needed] Eckersley continued in his role as closer and remained one of the league’s best, with 66 saves in two seasons in St. Louis.

Boston Red Sox II (1998)
Following the 1997 season, he signed on with the Red Sox for one final season, serving as a set-up man for Tom Gordon, as Boston qualified for the AL playoffs.

Eckersley announced his retirement on December 1998. He commented on his career, saying, “I had a good run. I had some magic that was with me for a long time, so I know that I was really lucky to not have my arm fall off for one thing and to make it this long physically is tough enough. But to me, it’s like you’re being rescued too when your career’s over. It’s like, ‘Whew, the pressure’s off.”

Dennis Eckersley Net worth/Salary

Dennis Eckersley net worth: Dennis Eckersley is an American former professional baseball player who has a net worth of $20 million dollars.

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