Mike Cuellar was a lefthanded pitcher from Cuba who pitched for Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles and California Angels but his best years s were with the Baltimore Orioles. Cuellar helped them capture five American League East Division titles, three consecutive American League (AL) pennants and the 1970 World Series Championship. He shared the AL Cy Young Award in 1969 and won 20-or-more games in a season four times from 1969 to 1974. He was a part of the last starting rotation to feature four pitchers with at least twenty victories each in one season.
During the 1969 season, Cuellar achieved a win-loss record of 23–11, struck out 182 batters, and recorded an excellent 2.38 earned run average, as Baltimore won a club-record 109 games and the very first American League East Division title (prior to the season, both the American League and National League had been divided into East and West Divisions). For his outstanding year, Cuellar tied the Detroit Tigers‘ pitcher Denny McLain for the American League Cy Young Award. Cuellar becoming the first pitcher born in Latin America to win the Cy Young Award.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights …Mike Cuellar.
|April 18, 1959, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 3, 1977, for the California Angels|
|Earned run average||3.14|
|Career highlights and awards|