Happy Birthday, Claude Osteen

Claude OsteenHappy Birthday to Claude Osteen, who spent eighteen years as a major league pitcher and won 196 career games.  He is best known as a Dodgers pitcher who helped his team a World Series (1965) and two National League pennants.  He was a 20-game winner twice, a three-time National League All-Star, and he struck out more than 100 batters ten times in his career.  It is my loss that I never got to play in the same game as he did.  He was predominately a NL pitcher. His time with the Senators came before my rookie year, and the times that we were in the same park during the 1975 season – his last – I never pitched in the same game he did.  During the seven years that Claude was the Phillies pitching coach, three Philadelphia pitchers won the NL Cy Young Award.

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