Reggie Cleveland

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Reginald Leslie Cleveland

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Biographical Information[edit]

Reggie Cleveland pitched 13 years in the major leagues, winning 105 games. When he first became a starting pitcher in 1971 with the St. Louis Cardinals, the starting rotation consisted of Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, Jerry Reuss, and Cleveland. Reggie was a valuable member of the Boston Red Sox rotation in 1975, serving as a swingman and posting a 13-9 record as the Bosox won the American League pennant. Cleveland finished his career with the Milwaukee Brewers in the strike-shortened 1981 season.

In 1990 Reggie pitched in the Senior Professional Baseball Association for the Florida Tropics; Reggie pitched in 6 games and was 2-3 when the league folded.

ESPN columnist Bill Simmons created a list of athletes whose names are incongruent with their race: that is, white players with black-sounding names and vice versa. He called players on his list Reggie Cleveland All-Stars[1], in honor of this white pitcher with a black-sounding name.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1971-1974)


Further Reading[edit]

  • Maurice Bouchard: "Reggie Cleveland", in Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan, ed.: '75:The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 65-71. ISBN 978-1-933599-97-7

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