Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
October 28, 2002
BASEBALL: Livan Hernandez

Livan Hernandez became the fourth pitcher with a losing record to start Game 7 of the World Series. The others: John Matlack, a good pitcher stuck with a 14-16 record by a bad offensive Mets team in 1973; Johnny Podres, famously, 9-10 in 1955; and the most puzzling of all, Hal Gregg, 4-5 with a 5.87 ERA for the Dodgers in 1947, which appears to have been the result of incredibly bad management of the staff to leave no one else available to start the deciding game, but also the fact that Gregg had been virtually the only effective Dodgers pitcher in the series, with the exception of relief ace Hugh Casey. Five other guys were close: John Smoltz was 14-13 in 1991; Joe Magrane was 9-7 in 1987; Jack Billingham was 12-12 in 1972; Curly Ogden was 9-8 in 1924; Bill Donovan was 8-7 in 1909.

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