Happy Birthday, Tom Burgmeier

TOM BURGMEIERHappy Birthday to my fellow American League southpaw, Tom Burgmeier. Tom pitched for the Royals, Angels, Twins, Red Sox and A’s during a seventeen-year career that spanned 1968 to 1984. I remember his major league debut. It was April 10, 1968 and the Angels were playing at Yankee Stadium. Mel Stottlemyre was pitching against George Brunet. The Yankees were ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth when Tom came in to pitch. He had a 1-2-3 inning on successive groundouts by Joe Pepitone, Frank Fernandez and Gene Michael. This was a genuine pitcher’s duel: George and Tom combined to throw a three-hitter, with the only run coming from a homer by Frank. Mel gave up just four hits and no runs. Kansas City grabbed Tom in the 1969 expansion draft.

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