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Dock Ellis Passes

Posted by Steve Lombardi on December 20, 2008

Dock Ellis passed away yesterday. (Hat tip to BBTF.) Few realize this, but, while Ellis was best known for his days with the Pirates, he was a member of one of the best Yankees starting rotations in terms of wins. Via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Pitching Season Finder, here are the only Yankees teams where more than one starting pitcher had 17+ wins. As you can see, the 1976 trio of Catfish Hunter, Ed Figueroa and Dock Ellis were workhorses for Billy Martin that season.

 Year Lg Team                              Number Players Matching
+----+--+---------------------------------+------+-----------------------------------------+
 1927 AL New York Yankees                       4 Wilcy Moore / Waite Hoyt / Herb Pennock / Urban Shocker
 1923 AL New York Yankees                       4 Sam Jones / Waite Hoyt / Joe Bush / Herb Pennock
 2003 AL New York Yankees                       3 Andy Pettitte / Roger Clemens / Mike Mussina
 1976 AL New York Yankees                       3 Catfish Hunter / Ed Figueroa / Dock Ellis
 1963 AL New York Yankees                       3 Ralph Terry / Jim Bouton / Whitey Ford
 1951 AL New York Yankees                       3 Allie Reynolds / Vic Raschi / Ed Lopat
 1932 AL New York Yankees                       3 Lefty Gomez / Red Ruffing / Johnny Allen
 1928 AL New York Yankees                       3 George Pipgras / Waite Hoyt / Herb Pennock
 1924 AL New York Yankees                       3 Waite Hoyt / Herb Pennock / Joe Bush
 1922 AL New York Yankees                       3 Bob Shawkey / Joe Bush / Waite Hoyt
 1921 AL New York Yankees                       3 Carl Mays / Waite Hoyt / Bob Shawkey
 1920 AL New York Yankees                       3 Carl Mays / Jack Quinn / Bob Shawkey
 2006 AL New York Yankees                       2 Chien-Ming Wang / Randy Johnson
 2002 AL New York Yankees                       2 Mike Mussina / David Wells
 2001 AL New York Yankees                       2 Mike Mussina / Roger Clemens
 1998 AL New York Yankees                       2 David Cone / David Wells
 1980 AL New York Yankees                       2 Ron Guidry / Tommy John
 1979 AL New York Yankees                       2 Tommy John / Ron Guidry
 1978 AL New York Yankees                       2 Ed Figueroa / Ron Guidry
 1974 AL New York Yankees                       2 Pat Dobson / Doc Medich
 1969 AL New York Yankees                       2 Mel Stottlemyre / Fritz Peterson
 1968 AL New York Yankees                       2 Stan Bahnsen / Mel Stottlemyre
 1964 AL New York Yankees                       2 Whitey Ford / Jim Bouton
 1962 AL New York Yankees                       2 Ralph Terry / Whitey Ford
 1956 AL New York Yankees                       2 Johnny Kucks / Whitey Ford
 1955 AL New York Yankees                       2 Whitey Ford / Bob Turley
 1950 AL New York Yankees                       2 Ed Lopat / Vic Raschi
 1949 AL New York Yankees                       2 Vic Raschi / Allie Reynolds
 1948 AL New York Yankees                       2 Vic Raschi / Ed Lopat
 1938 AL New York Yankees                       2 Lefty Gomez / Red Ruffing
 1937 AL New York Yankees                       2 Lefty Gomez / Red Ruffing
 1936 AL New York Yankees                       2 Monte Pearson / Red Ruffing
 1934 AL New York Yankees                       2 Lefty Gomez / Red Ruffing
 1926 AL New York Yankees                       2 Urban Shocker / Herb Pennock
 1915 AL New York Yankees                       2 Ray Caldwell / Ray Fisher
 1910 AL New York Highlanders                   2 Russ Ford / Jack Quinn
 1906 AL New York Highlanders                   2 Jack Chesbro / Al Orth
 1905 AL New York Highlanders                   2 Jack Chesbro / Al Orth
 1904 AL New York Highlanders                   2 Jack Chesbro / Jack Powell

R.I.P. Dock.

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One Response to “Dock Ellis Passes”

  1. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    Semi-meaningless trivia: Waite Hoyt appears to be part of the most combinations above: 6

    Whitey Ford has the most 17-win seasons for the Yankees, 7, but only had a teammate join him 5 times.