From BR Bullpen
Michael Atwater Witt
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 7", Weight 192 lb.
- High School Servite High School
- Debut April 11, 1981
- Final Game June 17, 1993
- Born July 20, 1960 in Fullerton, CA USA
 Biographical Information
Witt was the ace of the California Angels pitching staff from 1984 to 1988, before slipping noticeably to a 9-15, 4.59 record in 1989. Still, the New York Yankees acquired him early in the 1990 season in a trade for Dave Winfield, but Witt was done, winning only 8 more games between the trade and his last Major League appearance in 1993.
Witt threw a perfect game on the last day of the 1984 season, on September 30th against the Texas Rangers. He also pitched in a combined no-hitter six years later. On April 11, 1990, Mark Langston threw the first seven innings of the no-no against the Seattle Mariners, Witt throwing the last two innings to finish the perfecto.
Witt was the starting pitcher for the Angels in the famous Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS on October 12, 1986. Having won Game 1 handily, he was cruising along with a 5-2 lead coming into the 9th inning, with the Angels holding a 3 game to 1 advantage over the Boston Red Sox. He gave up a two-run home run to Don Baylor and was lifted from the game by manager Gene Mauch after he retired the next batter, Dwight Evans, on a pop-up for the second out. However, relievers Gary Lucas and Donnie Moore were unable to hold the lead - with Dave Henderson's two-strike, two-run home run off Moore being the key blow - and the Red Sox won the game in 11 innings and the next two as well to advance to the 1986 World Series.
 Notable Achievements
- 2-time AL All-Star (1986 & 1987)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 4 (1984-1987)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 6 (1984-1989)
- 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (1986)
 Further Reading
- Mike Witt (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, December, 1988, pp. 55-58.