Roger Craig 1962 New York Mets Autographed Signed OML Baseball COA Philadelphia Phillies
~~Single signed baseball by former 1962 New York Met...Roger Craig.
Roger began his career in 1955 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers 1955-57, Los Angeles Dodgers 1958-61, New York Mets 1962-63, St. Louis Cardinals 1964, Cincinnati Reds 1965 and Philadelphia Phillies 1966. Roger played in 368 career games and registered a 74-98 won/loss record. He registered 58 complete games, 7 shutouts, 19 saves, 803 K's and a 3.83 ERA in 1536.1 innings pitched. He was a member of the 1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers, the 1959 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the 1964 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. AFter his playing days were over, he managed the San Diego Padres 1978-79 as well as the San Francisco Giants 1985-92. He was also the pitching coach for the 1984 World Champion Detroit Tigers. In 1989, his San Francisco Giants were the NL Champions and lost in the World Series to the Oakland Athletics. Roger signed the sweet spot of this OML Allan H. Selig baseball with a blue ballpoint pen. He signed this baseball on Sunday August 10, 2008.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...
Roger Lee Craig (born February 17, 1930 in Durham, North Carolina) is a former pitcher, coach and manager in Major League Baseball.
During an 11-year playing career, Craig won 10 or more games in 1956, 1957, and 1962. A master at the split-finger fastball, Craig started his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and closed out his career with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Craig was best known as a player for being an original New York Met. He was a stalwart of the legendarily bad team's pitching staff, losing 24 and 22 games in those first two seasons. In 1963, he suffered through an 18-game losing streak. Remarkably during those two years, he completed 27 games while winning only 15, demonstrating that he was one of the best pitchers on the staff. Craig was possessed of a strong pick-off move, and during his Mets years his battles with top base-stealer Maury Wills became a high point of Mets games.
During the 1962 and 1963 seasons, when Roger Craig lost 24 and 22 games respectively, the New York Mets played their home games at the Polo Grounds, former home of the New York Giants, which arguably may have been the most unconventionally shaped ball park in baseball history. It is interesting to note that the New York Mets gave up the first run in their history in 1962 on a balk by Roger Craig.
From 1986 to 1992, Craig was the manager of the San Francisco Giants. In Craig's first five full seasons with the Giants (1986-1990), they never finished with a losing record. Prior to coming to San Francisco, Craig served as a pitching coach for the 1984 World Champion Detroit Tigers and as manager of the San Diego Padres (the Tigers' opponent in the 1984 World Series) from 1978-1979.
Under Craig (who along the way, instilled the unique motto and rallying cry "Humm Baby", the Giants won the National League Western Division title in 1987. The original term of "Humm Baby" was given to the roster's third catcher for the 1986 season, Brad Gulden, who was on his way out of baseball but he managed to squeeze onto the roster for the 1986 season. Graig felt that Gulden didn't really have the talent but he had the heart so he called him the "Humm Baby". The Giants' divisional title in 1987 came just two years after they lost 100 games; Roger Craig replaced Jim Davenport for the remaining 18 games of the 1985 season (posting a 6-12 record). The Giants came within one game of going to the World Series that year having lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.
In 1989 though, the Giants won their first National League pennant since 1962 by defeating the Chicago Cubs in five games in the NLCS. Unfortunately, Craig's Giants were swept by the Oakland Athletics in the World Series, which was interrupted by an earthquake, in a four game sweep.
Roger Craig stepped down from the San Francisco Giants in 1992 after posting a dismal 72-90 record. His successor, Dusty Baker went on to win 103 games the following year and eventually won the 1993 National League Manager of the Year Award.
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