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Roger Craig
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On this episode, we'll head to the mound with the master of the split-finger fastball, former MLB pitcher and Manager Roger Craig. Roger is a four-time World Series Champ, three as a player and one as a pitching coach for the Tigers.
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Sports and Torts: Roger Craig Part 1
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Roger Craig
During a 12-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 the starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game One of the 1959 World Series, a series in which he also started Game Four. Craig was also the starting pitcher for one game apiece in the 1955 and 1956 World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and he also pitched in relief in two World Series games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964, winning one game. Craig's overall World Series record was two wins and two losses, and his teams won three of the four series.

Craig was perhaps best known after that as a player for being an original 1962 New York Met (actually, a 1962 63 Met), and for losing the first game in team history, 114 in St. Louis. (It has been erroneously believed that he gave up the first run in New York Mets history on a balk; although he did commit a balk in the first inning, he already trailed 10, and the balk was not a scoring play.) He was a stalwart of the legendarily bad team's pitching staff, finishing 10 - 24 and 5 - 22 games in those first two murderous seasons. (The Mets lost 120 games in 1962.) In 1963, Craig suffered through a personal 18-game losing streak as a pitcher. Remarkably, during those two seasons, he pitched 27 complete games, while winning a total of only 15, demonstrating that he was one of the best pitchers on the staff.

During the 1962 and 1963 seasons, when Roger Craig lost 24 and 22 games respectively, the New York Mets played all of their home games at the antiquated Polo Grounds stadium, the former home of the New York Giants baseball team.


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