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We’ve seen a renaissance in elite pitchers in Major League Baseball in the past several years that harkens back to previous eras like the 1960s when pitching ruled. Juan Marichal was one of the best pitchers of that era, winning more games than any other pitcher in that decade. He was one of the most intimidating pitchers of his time and is also remembered for his distinctive high leg kick. Marichal’s stats through the 60s were incredible. Starting in 1963, when he went 25-8 with a 2.41 ERA, his next six years were 21-8/2.48, 22-13/2.13, 25-6/2.23, 14-10/2.76, 26-9/2.43 and 21-11/2.10. Yet even with those incredible numbers he didn’t win a Cy Young Award, which can partially be explained by the fact that until 1967 MLB only picked one winner, as opposed to one from each league. He also pitched in an era with Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson and Whitey Ford. He discusses this issue with Bob Costas in the interview clip above. Marichal was named to nine All-Star teams, however, and his All-S...
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