1971 PITTSBURGH PIRATES PROFILES: JOHN LAMB

WHEN TOPPS HAD (BASE)BALLS!: NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1974 JOHN LAMB

1971 Pittsburgh Pirates Profiles: John Lamb.

  • The 1971 Pirates pitching staff included a menu of Lamb, Veale and Moose- John Lamb, Bob Veale and Bob Moose.
  • John Lamb was a right handed pitcher for the Pirates for parts of the 1970-73 seasons. He broke into the major leagues with the Pirates in August of 1970- and played a big role in the Pirates winning the 1970 National League Eastern Division title. From his first game on August 12 until the end of the season he appeared in 23 games in relief and saved three games. Lamb had a 0-1 record with a 2.78 ERA in 32.1 innings pitched. Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh said that Lamb was responsible for six big victories in 1970. Lamb was 24 years old and it appeared that he would play a role in the Pirates bullpen in the upcoming seasons.
  • Born in Sharon, Connecticut- he went to the same high school in Connecticut as Pirates star pitcher Steve Blass- i fact Blass and Lamb are brother-in-laws. Lamb signed with the Pirates in 1964. Lamb in his playing days was 6’3″ 180.
  • Things didn’t turn out the way everyone expected for John Lamb. In spring training in 1971 he was pitching batting practice and was hit in the head by a Dave Cash line drive. Lamb collapsed on the mound and was taken to the hospital where he would spend weeks recovering. By May he was out of the hospital and working in the Pirates front office. He would eventually be well enough to pitch for the Pirates AAA minor league team in Charleston, WV where he won 8 and saved 11 games. In September when they can expand the major league rosters he was brought back and pitched in two games, 4.1 scoreless innings. He wasn’t included on the post-season roster.
  • Lamb spent the 1972 season in the minors where he went 5-9 with Charleston. He wasn’t called up in September that season. In 1973 he appeared in 23 games for the Pirates but it turned into a disaster- while he saved 2 games in his 22 appearances his ERA was 6.07. On September 21, 1973 at the age of 27 he pitched his final game in the major leagues.
  • For his brief major league career- John Lamb appeared in 47 games, all in relief- working 66.1 innings. He had a career ERA of 4.07, 5 saves and a record of 0-2.
  • As of 2020 John Lamb was still involved in baseball- the 74 year old was the pitching coach for the Amenia, New York High School.
WHEN TOPPS HAD (BASE)BALLS!: NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1971 JOHN LAMB

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