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    Happy 65th, Jack Billingham!

    ...An underrated cog in the Big Red Machine.

    BTW, according to Baseballreference.com, Jack is a cousin of Christy Matthewson. Can this be true?
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    Re: Happy 65th, Jack Billingham!

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    ...An underrated cog in the Big Red Machine.

    BTW, according to Baseballreference.com, Jack is a cousin of Christy Matthewson. Can this be true?
    I think it is true, I remember commentary along those lines "back in the day" ("had it in is blood" sort of thing).

    Billingham was "money" when he took the mound.

    Happy Birthday, Jack.
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    Re: Happy 65th, Jack Billingham!

    Quote Originally Posted by oneupper View Post
    I think it is true, I remember commentary along those lines "back in the day" ("had it in is blood" sort of thing).

    Billingham was "money" when he took the mound.

    Happy Birthday, Jack.
    He's a distant cousin, but I can't find anything on the web that breaks it down. Just references to it as "a distant cousin".
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    Re: Happy 65th, Jack Billingham!

    A former neighbor of ours, back in the days when a ballplayers didn't live in compounds and when they came to block parties and cookouts.

    Jack showed me how to throw a baseball when I was about five. He was just a laid back, cool dude- one of the dads.
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    Re: Happy 65th, Jack Billingham!

    Fond memories of Billingham breaking off that huge yakker on the first pitch of the game. He could pitch a little.
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    Re: Happy 65th, Jack Billingham!

    Happy Birthday to Cactus Jack! He was a very underated pitcher. He won 19 games in 1973 and 1974 seasons. He was money in the World Series. I don't remember exactly what it was but his ERA in post season play is really good. FWIW, on the back of one his baseball cards it does mention that he is a distant cousin of Christy Mathewson. Also can't believe he is this old. How can everybody be getting old while I'm not?
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    Re: Happy 65th, Jack Billingham!

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    ...An underrated cog in the Big Red Machine.

    BTW, according to Baseballreference.com, Jack is a cousin of Christy Matthewson. Can this be true?


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    Re: Happy 65th, Jack Billingham!

    Jack Billingham is one of only two former Major League pitchers that I have ever got a hit off of. (Reds Camp) (The other is Jeff Montgomery and that was when he was in college in Huntington, WV)

    Happy Birthday, Jack!
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    Re: Happy 65th, Jack Billingham!

    In 1973, Billingham tied Phillies' star pitcher Steve Carlton with 293 1/3 innings pitched. Jack led the National League that same year with 7 shutouts.

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    Re: Happy 65th, Jack Billingham!

    Since division play consecutive years above 200 IP

    Code:
    1969-2007
    
    INNINGS PITCHED >= 200
    
    T1   Jack Billingham          1972-75    4   
    T1   Mario Soto               1982-85    4   
    T1   Tom Browning             1988-91    4   
    T4   Jose Rijo                1991-93    3   
    T4   Aaron Harang             2005-07    3   
    T6   Jim Merritt              1969-70    2   
    T6   Gary Nolan               1970-71    2   
    T6   Don Gullett              1973-74    2   
    T6   Gary Nolan               1975-76    2   
    T6   Tom Seaver               1978-79    2   
    T6   Tom Browning             1985-86    2   
    T6   Bronson Arroyo           2006-07    2

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    Re: Happy 65th, Jack Billingham!

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    Re: Happy 65th, Jack Billingham!

    IMO, the rotation of Billingham, Nolan, Norman and Gullet were pretty good.
    Of course, it helped they had one of the best lineups of all time hitting behind them.

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    Re: Happy 65th, Jack Billingham!

    Quote Originally Posted by MrCinatit View Post
    IMO, the rotation of Billingham, Nolan, Norman and Gullet were pretty good.
    Of course, it helped they had one of the best lineups of all time hitting behind them.
    It's easier to pitch knowing your team is going to score, and score and score.
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