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1964 Topps

Bobby Donald Bolin

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4", Weight 200 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Bobby Bolin pitched 13 seasons in the big leagues.

On August 14, 1964, Bolin pitched a one-hitter against the Milwaukee Braves, with Ed Bailey getting the only hit for the Braves. The San Francisco Giants, for their part, had only three hits - all home runs by Willie McCovey, Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda.

Bobby had been signed in 1956 at age 17 by the New York Giants. He was very successful in the minors, going 15-9, then 10-8, then 20-8, and then 12-8.

He made his major league debut in 1961 and was primarily a reliever, but as the years went by he got more and more starts, reaching a peak in 1966 when 34 of his 36 appearances were starts. In 1965, although used mostly as a reliever, he pitched 163 innings and was 7th in the league in ERA at 2.76 and a record of 14-6. In 1966, his 2.89 ERA was ninth in the league and in 1968 his 1.99 ERA was second in the league.

He spent part of 1972 in the minors, going 6-1 for Louisville. He was a teammate there of the 35-year-old Stan Williams as well as the young Roger Moret and Lynn McGlothen.

In the last year of his major league career, pitching for the Boston Red Sox in 1973, his 15 saves were 7th in the league.

While with the Giants, he was one year younger than Juan Marichal, who was his teammate for nine years.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1966)

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