Friday, December 11, 2009

#26 Ron Kline

Custom Signature card
Ronald Lee Kline
Bats: Right , Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" , Weight: 205 lb.
Born: March 9, 1932 in Callery, PA

Purchased by the Los Angeles Angels from the St. Louis Cardinals on April 10, 1961.

Entered game in the 6th in relief of Ned Garver at New York on April 20, 1961. Allowed 1 run on 2 hits in 2 innings. Did not bat.
Later was selected off waivers by the Detroit Tigers from the Los Angeles Angels on August 10, 1961.

In 26 games (12 as a starter) went 3-6 with a 4.90 ERA.

As a starting pitcher for the Pirates in 1952 and from 1955 to 1959, Ron struggled to a 53-83 record, leading the National League in losses in both 1956 and 1958. He was traded to the Cardinals after the '59 season, missing out on Pittsburghs 1960 World Series Championship. He moved over to the American League in 1961 with the expansion Los Angeles Angels and the Detroit Tigers before becoming one of the better relievers while with the Washington Senators from 1963 to 1966. The 6' 3" right-hander had four straight good years in Washington, picking up 73 saves including a league-leading 29 in 1965.
After going 7-1 with 5 saves for the Twins in 1967, he came full circle back to Pittsburgh in 1968 as a polished veteran bullpen ace, going 12-5 plus seven saves with an excellent 1.68 ERA. Ron was then with San Francisco, Boston and his tenth and final team, the Atlanta Braves, before concluding his 17 year career in 1970 with a record of 114-144 and 108 saves in 736 games.
Kline was the only pitcher to defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers / Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Giants / San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees and the New York Mets during regular season games. Warren Spahn and Vern Law also accomplished the feat but their victories against the Yankees came in World Series competition.

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