Sad news -
Tom Underwood, who pitched in the major leagues in 1974-84, died around midnight on Monday in West Palm Beach, Fla., following an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.
Underwood threw some really good games for the Yankees back in 1980:
|1||1980-05-17||NYY||TEX||W 3-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||4||0||0||1||6||0||84|
|2||1980-09-01||NYY||OAK||W 5-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||4||0||0||2||6||0||83|
|4||1980-06-07||NYY||SEA||W 1-0||GS-9 ,W||8.2||3||0||0||2||6||0||82|
|5||1980-07-16||NYY||MIN||W 11-1||GS-7 ,W||7.0||3||1||1||1||3||0||69|
Whenever I think of Underwood, I think of my dad. Back in the day, when Tom was pitching for the Yankees, we had an ongoing joke. Underwood was not the tallest pitcher in the world. And, with each start, it seemed like he was getting shorter up on the hill. After a while, we started calling him “The Incredible Shrinking Pitcher.” Granted, this was part because of his height – generously listed at five-eleven – and part the effect of camera angles. But, it added a layer of entertainment for us watching a really good Yankees team that was an odd collection of players. Sad to think now that Underwood has passed on at such an early age.