George Francis Medich
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 227 lb.
- School University of Pittsburgh
- High School Hopewell High School
- Debut September 5, 1972
- Final Game October 2, 1982
- Born December 9, 1948 in Aliquippa, PA USA
While playing in Texas, Medich actually went into the stands to give CPR to a stricken fan, saving the fan's life.
Medich's first start in New York was in the 1972 Mayor's Trophy Game, which was part of annual series the Yankees played against the New York Mets. Medich and Charlie Spikes were called up (though no official roster move was necessary, as it was an exhibition game) and Medich started and pitched fairly well. Medich's first official start, later that year, could not have gone any worse. After giving up two hits and two walks, allowing two runs, Medich was pulled without recording an out. However, his team had batted around in the top of the 1st inning, so Medich himself had gotten on base (with a walk) before he ever started pitching in the majors. As he didn't pitch again that year, he had an infinite ERA for the season.
Medich wasn't always known as "Doc". He was George Medich until he began medical school the day after his major league debut. Since medical school is unusual for major leaguers, he soon became "Doc". His last major league appearance was in the 1982 World Series, pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers. He allowed 4 runs in 2 innings in a 13-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 what was the only postseason appearance of his career.
In 1983, the year after his career ended, he was charged by Pennsylvania authorities with writing seven improper prescriptions. His lawyer, Lawrence Zurawsky, called it a "cry for help" and said Medich struggled with drug addiction for years. The situation must have been resolved in some way as he practiced medicine for years afterwards.
"It certainly was a great thrill. And someday he can tell his grandchildren that he hit against me." - Doc Medich joking about facing Hank Aaron
- AL Shutouts Leader (1981)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1974 & 1975)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1973-1975 & 1980)