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1980 Topps #184 Steve Renko

Steven Renko Jr.

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Steve Renko pitched 15 seasons in the big leagues and won 134 games.

He was the last pitcher to bat seventh or higher in a major league game until the feat was duplicated by Dontrelle Willis on September 22, 2005. Renko did it on August 26, 1973, and went 2-for-3 against the San Diego Padres [1].

It's not very common for a pitcher to win 100 games but to lose more games than he won. Renko had a career mark of of 134-146. He was particularly hurt by his 1972 season when he went 1-10 for the 1972 Montreal Expos. However, he had some good seasons, too, including the year right after his 1972 season when he went 15-11 for the 1973 Montreal Expos with an ERA of 2.81. The Expos finished under .500 in both 1972 and 1973.

The similarity scores method shows the most similar pitchers to Renko as other pitchers who won 100+ games but lost more than they won, such as Kevin Gross, Floyd Bannister, and Steve Trachsel.

Renko was the quarterback on the Kansas football team which included Gale Sayers. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1966.

He had a son, Steve Renko III, that played professionally from 1990-2001, reaching AAA.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1971 & 1973)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1970, 1971, 1973 & 1974)

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