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Richard Charles Wise

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Pitcher Rick Wise made his big league debut as an 18 year old with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1964. Within several years, he became a mainstay in the Phillies rotation. On June 23, 1971, he pitched a no-hitter AND hit two home runs for the Phillies. The next off-season he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Steve Carlton. While Wise put up solid numbers in two years in St. Louis, Carlton won the first of his four Cy Young Awards with the Phillies in 1972.

Wise was a key member of the Boston Red Sox starting rotation as they took the American League pennant in 1975, winning 19 games. He was 1-0 in the 1975 World Series.

An excellent hitter for a pitcher, Wise posted a .195 batting average with 15 HR in just 668 at bats. Wise spent 1/3 of his career in the American League where he did not bat due to the designated hitter rule.

His brother Tom Wise was an infielder in the Houston Astros chain.

Wise had played in the 1958 Little League World Series for the Portland, OR entry; a teammate on the squad was Keith Lampard.

In 1989, Wise played for the Winter Haven Super Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He went 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA in 12 starts for the club.

Wise also spent two seasons as the pitching coach of the Nashua Pride (2006-2007?)

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time NL All-Star (1971 & 1973)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 6 (1969, 1971-1973, 1975 & 1979)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 9 (1969-1973, 1975, 1976, 1978 & 1979)

[edit] Further Reading

  • Bill Nowlin: "Rick Wise", in Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan, ed.: '75:The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 93-97. ISBN 978-1-933599-97-7

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