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John Alexander Messersmith

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[edit] Biographical Information

After signing Andy Messersmith as a free agent in 1976, Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner suggested that he wear "Channel" where his name would usually be on his uniform. Why? Braves games aired on Channel 17 and Messersmith would be a free advertisement when he pitched.

His first Baseball Card appearance was in the 1969 Topps set.

Messersmith was head coach at Cabrillo College in 1986-1991 and 2006-2009 [1].

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 4-time All-Star (1971 & 1974-1976)
  • 2-time NL Gold Glove Winner (1974 & 1975)
  • NL Wins Leader (1974)
  • NL Innings Pitched Leader (1975)
  • NL Complete Games Leader (1975)
  • NL Shutouts Leader (1975)
  • 15 Win Seasons: 4 (1969, 1971, 1974 & 1975)
  • 20 Win Seasons: 2 (1971 & 1974)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 6 (1969, 1971 & 1973-1976)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1975)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 3 (1969, 1974 & 1975)

[edit] Further Reading

  • Roger I. Abrams: "Arbitrator Seitz Sets the Players Free", in The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 38, Number 2 (Fall 2009), pp. 79-85.

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