Happy Birthday, Dave Goltz

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Happy Birthday to Dave Goltz, who had a 12-year career as a pitcher for the Twins, Dodgers and Angels. In the five seasons that our careers overlapped, I only pitched against Dave once. It was June 16, 1974, the second game of a doubleheader at Cleveland Stadium. The Indians scored one run in the first off a pair of doubles by Ed Crosby and Otto Velez, and another in the third off singles by Crosby and John Lowenstein (who proceeded to steal second and third). We scored a third run in the fifth when Lowenstein got another RBI single. I went into the ninth with a three-run lead, having given up five hits and no runs. Rod Carew led off with a double to left, and moved to third after Harmon Killebrew flied out to George Hendrick in center. With two outs, Craig Kusick singled to left, and Carew scored. Dave pitched well; he gave up seven hits (same as me), and he struck out seven (I only struck out two that game) – his team just didn’t hit. And I have to mention that Carew and Killebrew each got two hits off me that game – no surprise since they were among the best hitters I ever faced. They each had a lifetime .300+ lifetime batting average against me.

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