Eckersley, Dennis

Dennis Lee Eckersley
Born: October 3, 1954, Oakland, California
Played For: 
Cleveland Indians (1975-1977), Boston Red Sox (1978-1984, 1998), Chicago Cubs (1984-1986), Oakland A's (1987-1995), St. Louis Cardinals (1996-1997)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 2004

Dennis Eckersley blazed a unique path to Hall of Fame success. During the first half of his 24-year big league career, Eck won over 150 games primarily as a starter, including a no-hitter in 1977. Over his final 12 years, he saved nearly 400 games, leading his hometown Oakland A's to four American League West titles and earning both Cy Young and MVP honors in 1992. The only pitcher with 100 saves and 100 complete games, Eckersley dominated opposing batters during a six-year stretch from 1988-93, in which he struck out 458 while walking just 51.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that in his last 10 years in the big leagues, Dennis Eckersley walked just 86 batters in more than 600 innings pitched?
He taught me something about fear. Eck tells me he spends the whole game being afraid. Fear makes some guys call in sick or be tentative. He uses fear to get him ready for every stinking time he pitches.
Tony La Russa