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    There was a time when managers put relief pitchers into games that they could win rather than get a win from a blown save where his team scores to take the lead.

    In 1959 and 1960, Roy Face won 18 and 10 games for 28 wins in two years, all in relief.

    That is the second best two-year run for a relief pitcher.

    Who won 30 games in relief over the course of two seasons?

    Hint--Think of food.

  • #2
    Bill Campbell

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    • #3
      That is correct, sir. His nickname was Soup.

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      • #4
        Joe Page had 2 remarkable years with the Yanks winning 27 games. If there was a Cy Young awarded during his prime it's logical to assume
        that he would have been the only reliever to have won 2 Cy Youngs. In 1947 he was the top pitcher in the MVP voting 4th overall behind
        1) DiMag 2) Williams 3) Boudreau 4) Page. In 1949 he was the top pitcher in the MVP voting 3rd overall behind only
        1) Williams 2) Rizzuto 3) Page.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by leagueleader View Post
          Joe Page had 2 remarkable years with the Yanks winning 27 games. If there was a Cy Young awarded during his prime it's logical to assume
          that he would have been the only reliever to have won 2 Cy Youngs. In 1947 he was the top pitcher in the MVP voting 4th overall behind
          1) DiMag 2) Williams 3) Boudreau 4) Page. In 1949 he was the top pitcher in the MVP voting 3rd overall behind only
          1) Williams 2) Rizzuto 3) Page.
          Page also would have been neck & neck with Reynolds if there would have been a MVP award in the 49 World Series

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          • #6
            Casey Stengel used Joe Page in an entirely different way from the way closers are used today. Page came in when the game was on the line, and the inning didn't matter. He was inserted in the 3rd inning to pitch the remainder of games. He might pitch 4 innings of relief one day and then pitch 2 more the next day. He frequently pitched 3 or more innings and then came back on one or two days rest to pitch another three innings.

            I believe he was used in relief a lot more on the days that Allie Reynolds started, because Reynolds lost his effectiveness more like today's starters. He was already in his 30's, and he was brilliant the first 3 times through the batting order. The trainers gave him oranges in between innings, but most of the time, Page came into the game by the 7th or 8th inning. One old-timer used to tell me that the newspapers would list Reynolds' starts as "Reynolds and Page."

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