Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Time: 49 Days
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.