Five Things to Know About Former Orioles Pitcher Eddie Watt As He Turns 77

Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Eddie WattFormer Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Eddie Watt turned 77 on Wednesday. Watt pitched in the majors for 10 seasons with eight of them coming in an O’s uniform.

Here are five facts about the Orioles Hall of Famer (Class of 2000).

 

 

 

  1. Eddie Watt made the most appearances among Orioles pitchers (295 games) and had the most saves (62) from 1966 through 1971, a six-season stretch during which Baltimore won four pennants and won two World Series. (Check out Watt’s stats from that six-year run.)
  2. Watt allowed only 37 home runs in his 10-year Orioles career. However, some fans wouldn’t let him forget the home run that Lee May hit off of him in the 1970 World Series to keep the O’s from sweeping the Reds. He was booed regularly at home games in his final two years in Baltimore as well as at a Baltimore Bullets game shortly after the World Series.
  3. Watt’s career 2.74 ERA in Baltimore ranks in the top 10 for career ERA in team history. He’s also in the top 10 for WHIP.
  4. Having played for Baltimore in the pre-designated hitter era, Watt clubbed three career home runs. Two of those came during his rookie season in 1966. He never batted in the postseason.
  5. Watt was at his best for the 1969 Orioles team that won a club record 109 games and won the newly formed American League East by 19 games. Watt finished 5-2 in 56 games with career- bests in saves (16), ERA (1.65), and ERA+ (217).

Sources: SABR Bio, Baltimore Sun article “Catching Up with Eddie Watt,” Baseball Reference, Orioles website

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