Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ron Perranoski

Sent: 10/13/10
Received: 12/1/10
Time: 49 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1970 Topps, 1971 Topps, 1990 Michigan State Collegiate Collection
Item Received: 1970 Topps, 1971 Topps, 1990 Michigan State Collegiate Collection.  All signed in blue ballpoint.

Although Ron Perranoski is best remembered by most baseball fans as a Los Angeles Dodger (both as an outstanding relief pitcher in the '60s and as Tommy Lasorda's pitching coach from 1981-1994), Twins fans know him best as the dominating closer for the 1969 and 1970 AL Western Division champions.  Saves officially became a statistic in 1969, and Perranoski became the first MLB saves leader that year when he tallied 31.  Along with nine relief wins and a 2.11 ERA, it was enough to finish 13th in the 1969 AL MVP voting.  He led the league again in 1970, this time with 34 saves (and seven wins and a 2.43 ERA), and this time finishing 12th in the league MVP voting and seventh in the Cy Young Award voting.

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