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Who Was the Last 1960s Non-Pitcher to Win a Big League Game?
While known for his power in the batter’s box (342 career home runs and an American League leading 42 in 1959), Rocky Colavito was also known for his accurate, powerful throwing arm in the outfield. That arm garnered 2 pitching appearances during Colavito’s 14-season career.
On August 13, 1958, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers, Colavito closed the game for the Cleveland Indians with 3 scoreless, hitless innings. Colavito struck out one batter and walked 3. The Indians lost the game 3-2, but Colavito did not figure in the decision.
However, a decade later, Colavito pitched and won in a game for the New York Yankees. In the first game of an August 25, 1968 doubleheader in Yankee Stadium, Colavito was the winning pitcher in a 6-5 Yankee triumph over the Tigers. Colavito entered the game in the fourth inning, relieving starter Steve Barber. In 2.2 innings, Colavito allowed no runs on 1 hit, striking out 1 Tiger batter and walking 2. He was the last non-pitcher to win a major league game until catcher Brent Mayne won a game for the Colorado Rockies in 2000.
Colavito finished his “pitching” career with a perfect 0.00 earned run average.