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Lindy McDaniel

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Lindy McDaniel
Lindy McDaniel Yankees.jpg
Born: (1935-12-13)December 13, 1935
Hollis, Oklahoma
Died: November 14, 2020(2020-11-14) (aged 84)
Carrollton, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 1955, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1975, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record141–119
Earned run average3.45
Career highlights and awards

Lyndall Dale McDaniel (December 13, 1935 – November 14, 2020[1]), known as Lindy McDaniel, was an American professional baseball pitcher who had a 21-year career in Major League Baseball from 1955 to 1975. During McDaniel's career, he witnessed approximately 3,500 major league games (not including spring training), had more than 300 teammates, and played under eight different managers. He attended the University of Oklahoma[2] and Abilene Christian College,[3] then played with the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, and San Francisco Giants (all of the National League), and the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals (both of the American League). He stood 6’3” and was listed at 195 lb. (88kg). He was ordained by the Church of Christ and served as a preacher and speaker.[1]

Baseball career

McDaniel was named to the National League All-Star team in 1960.[2] He led the league in saves in 1959[3] (16), 1960[3] (27), and 1963 (22). He was named The Sporting News Reliever of the Year for the National League in 1960 (the award's inaugural year) as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, and in 1963[3] as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

With the New York Yankees in 1970, McDaniel amassed a career-high 29 saves, tying the franchise record set by Luis Arroyo in 1961.

His brother, Von, was also a major league pitcher. His other brother, Kerry, played in the minor leagues.[3]

Career highlights

Over a four-game span, McDaniel retired 32 straight hitters in August 1968.[3] In one of those games, he pitched seven perfect innings against the Detroit Tigers. In 1973, he entered the game in the first inning against the Tigers in Detroit and pitched 13 innings, giving up one run and winning the game 2–1. McDaniel pitched in 225 consecutive games in the National League without committing an error, a record.[3]

McDaniel considered his top overall year as 1960 with the St. Louis Cardinals, when he logged a 12–2 mark in relief with 22 saves and an ERA of 1.29 while being named (for the only time in his career) to the National League All-Star team. He earned Fireman of the Year honors, while finishing third for the Cy Young Award and fifth in MVP voting, both his highest placings. He ranked his next-best year as 1970 with the Yankees, when he was 9–5 with a career high 29 saves and 2.01 ERA, followed by the 1963 season when he was 13–7 with 21 saves and a 2.86 ERA.[4]

McDaniel won Fireman of the Year honors in 1960 and 1963. He also led[clarification needed] the National League in relief pitching in 1959, but that was the year before the first Fireman of the Year award was presented. With nine saves and a 0.74 ERA, McDaniel was named the Player of the Month for June 1960.[5]

McDaniel held the MLB record for most batters faced in the eighth inning over his career.[6] He allowed four walk-off grand slams during his career, more than any other major league pitcher on record.[7]

As the only New York Yankee pitcher to homer in the 1972 season, McDaniel became the last Yankee hurler to hit a home run before the advent of the designated hitter in 1973. That home run (which occurred on September 28, 1972 in Detroit) was also the last one hit by a pitcher at Tiger Stadium.


McDaniel died on November 14, 2020 of COVID-19 at the age of 84.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Lindy McDaniel, Ace Reliever for Mediocre Teams, Dies at 84". New York Times. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Kelley, Brent (January 9, 2015). Baseball's Bonus Babies: Conversations with 24 High-Priced Ballplayers Signed from 1953 to 1957. McFarland. pp. 96–104. ISBN 9780786482702.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Pietrusza, David (2000). Baseball : the biographical encyclopedia. Kingston, NY [u.a.]: Total/Sports Illustrated. pp. 743–744. ISBN 1892129345.
  4. ^ "Lindy McDaniel". David E. Skelton. The Society for American Baseball Research.
  5. ^ "Lindy McDaniel biography".
  6. ^ Verducci, Tom. "Hall of Fame: How will Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and other newcomers fare?". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  7. ^ "Team Batting Event Finder: All of MLB: 262 Home Runs in 1916–2020, Walk-off and With Runners on 123". Stathead. Retrieved August 29, 2020.

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Preceded by
Roberto Clemente
Major League Player of the Month
June 1960
Succeeded by
Don Drysdale
Preceded by
Roy Face
Sporting News National League Reliever of the Year
Succeeded by
Stu Miller
Al McBean
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