• Dock Ellis Passes

    Posted by on December 20th, 2008 · Comments (1)

    Dock Ellis passed away yesterday.  (Hat tip to BBTF.)  Few realize this, but, while Ellis was best known for his days with the Pirates, he was a member of one of the best Yankees starting rotations in terms of wins.  Via Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index Pitching Season Finder, here are the only Yankees teams where more than one starting pitcher had 17+ wins.  As you can see, the 1976 trio of Catfish Hunter, Ed Figueroa and Dock Ellis were workhorses for Billy Martin that season.

    Year	Number	 Pitchers
    1927	4	 Wilcy Moore / Waite Hoyt / H. Pennock / Ur. Shocker
    1923	4	 Sam Jones / Waite Hoyt / Joe Bush / Herb Pennock
    2003	3	 Andy Pettitte / Roger Clemens / Mike Mussina
    1976	3	 Catfish Hunter / Ed Figueroa / Dock Ellis
    1963	3	 Ralph Terry / Jim Bouton / Whitey Ford
    1951	3	 Allie Reynolds / Vic Raschi / Ed Lopat
    1932	3	 Lefty Gomez / Red Ruffing / Johnny Allen
    1928	3	 George Pipgras / Waite Hoyt / Herb Pennock
    1924	3	 Waite Hoyt / Herb Pennock / Joe Bush
    1922	3	 Bob Shawkey / Joe Bush / Waite Hoyt
    1921	3	 Carl Mays / Waite Hoyt / Bob Shawkey
    1920	3	 Carl Mays / Jack Quinn / Bob Shawkey
    2006	2	 Chien-Ming Wang / Randy Johnson
    2002	2	 Mike Mussina / David Wells
    2001	2	 Mike Mussina / Roger Clemens
    1998	2	 David Cone / David Wells
    1980	2	 Ron Guidry / Tommy John
    1979	2	 Tommy John / Ron Guidry
    1978	2	 Ed Figueroa / Ron Guidry
    1974	2	 Pat Dobson / Doc Medich
    1969	2	 Mel Stottlemyre / Fritz Peterson
    1968	2	 Stan Bahnsen / Mel Stottlemyre
    1964	2	 Whitey Ford / Jim Bouton
    1962	2	 Ralph Terry / Whitey Ford
    1956	2	 Johnny Kucks / Whitey Ford
    1955	2	 Whitey Ford / Bob Turley
    1950	2	 Ed Lopat / Vic Raschi
    1949	2	 Vic Raschi / Allie Reynolds
    1948	2	 Vic Raschi / Ed Lopat
    1938	2	 Lefty Gomez / Red Ruffing
    1937	2	 Lefty Gomez / Red Ruffing
    1936	2	 Monte Pearson / Red Ruffing
    1934	2	 Lefty Gomez / Red Ruffing
    1926	2	 Urban Shocker / Herb Pennock
    1915	2	 Ray Caldwell / Ray Fisher
    1910	2	 Russ Ford / Jack Quinn
    1906	2	 Jack Chesbro / Al Orth
    1905	2	 Jack Chesbro / Al Orth
    1904	2	 Jack Chesbro / Jack Powell
    

     
    R.I.P. Dock.

    Comments on Dock Ellis Passes

    1. Raf
      December 20th, 2008 | 11:10 am

      Damn. I knew he had been sick for a while.

      I read his biography “Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball,” and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, it ended at his trade to the Yanks. It would’ve been really cool to have documented his time with the Yanks (I think a follow up was released a few years later). He cleaned himself up and became a drug counselor, I think.

      IIRC, he only lasted a year + in NY. Butted heads with Steinbrenner, IIRC. Some of his stuff can be found in the book “The Best Team Money Can Buy” (some things never change, WRT theme, eh?)

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