Sunday, June 6, 2010

#53 Bo Belinsky

Autographed Custom All-Time Angels card

Robert Belinsky
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 191 lb.
Born: December 7, 1936 in New York, NY
Debut: April 18, 1962 Los Angeles Angels
Final Game: May 18, 1970 Cincinatti Reds
Died: November 23, 2001 in Las Vegas, NV
Years with the Angels: 1962-1964

Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels from the Baltimore Orioles in the 1961 rule 5 draft on November 27, 1961.
Later traded by the California Angels to the Philadelphia Phillies for Rudy May and Costen Shockley on December 3, 1964.
Purchased by the California Angels from the St. Louis Cardinals on April 3, 1969.
Later purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the California Angels on July 30, 1969.

As the starting pitcher, walked the first batter faced (Dick Howser) but ended up giving up 2 runs on 5 hits with 6 Ks over 6 innings for the win in a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Athletics on Wednesday, April 18, 1962 (N) at Chavez Ravine.

Went 21-28 with a 3.74 ERA. Had 11 complete games in 66 starts and struck out 196 batters.
No-hitter May 5, 1962.

1963 Topps

Started his rookie season with 5 straight wins, the 4th of which was a no-hitter against the Orioles on May 5, 1962. Later that same year he was on the losing end of the first no-hitter ever pitched against the Angels as Bostons Earl Wilson would throw one on June 26. He also led the league in walks in 1962 with 122. Belinsky was probably just as well known however for his free-wheeling playboy lifestyle. In 1964 he was suspended from the Angels then later traded after a hotel brawl with an LA Times sportswriter. After playing with the Phillies and Astos the Angels picked him up again in 1969 and assigned him to thier AAA affiliate Hawaii Islanders in the PCL where he went 12-5 with a 2.82 ERA, but he never made it back up to the big club. He then went on to play for the Pirates and Reds before retiring in 1970.

1 comment:

  1. The Angels had a AAA affiliate in Hawaii? I don't think I'd ever want to make it to the majors.