Birdland Birthdays: Happy Birthday Tom Phoebus

Tom Phoebus“If the Orioles had listened to some of the youngster’s neighbors, he might have been eligible to pitch in the Series.”

Former Orioles pitcher and Baltimore native Tom Phoebus was born on April 7, 1942. Phoebus compiled a 50-37 record during his five years in Baltimore, including a no-hitter versus the Red Sox in 1968 and a victory pitching in relief in Game 2 of the 1970 World Series.

Phoebus tossed a no-hitter in the minors in 1966. His friends and neighbors formed the Tom Phoebus Fan Club and picketed at the Orioles offices for the local boy to get a call to the bigs after injuries thinned the O’s pitching corps.

Phoebus recorded back-to-back shutouts in his first two outings when the call finally came late in the 1966 season following the International League playoffs. He was only the seventh MLB pitcher since 1900 to have consecutive shutouts in his first two games.

Hal Block wrote for the Associated Press back in 1966, “if the Orioles had listened to some of the youngster’s neighbors, he might have been eligible to pitch in the Series.”

Happy Birthday Tom Phoebus.

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More on Tom Phoebus:

Tom Phoebus of Orioles Hurls 2nd Straight Shutout (Google News Archive)

Flashback Friday: A Local Boy and His Fan Club (Roar from 34)

Catching Up With former Oriole Tom Phoebus (Baltimore Sun)

Tom Phoebus (SABR Baseball Bio Project)

 

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One Response to Birdland Birthdays: Happy Birthday Tom Phoebus

  1. Pingback: Today in Orioles History: Tom Phoebus Tosses a No-Hitter | Roar from 34

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