Thursday, February 5, 2015

1968 Topps AL Leading Firemen: Minnie Rojas, John Wyatt, Bob Locker

In 1967 Minnie Rojas of the California Angels won The Sporting News Fireman of the Year award. He closed a league high 53 games, won 12 games in relief and led the league in saves. His 27 saves would be the most of any Angels pitcher until 1985 when Donnie Moore pitched 35. Minnie's career was tragically short. He developed arm problems in 1968 and retired in 1969 after pitching only 18 innings of AAA ball. In 1970 he was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed and killed his 2 daughters.

John Wyatt had 20 saves and 10 wins in 1967. This was the 3rd time Wyatt had 20 or more saves. In 1963 he had 21 and in 1964 he had 20 for the Kansas City A's.

Bob Locker also had 20 saves in 1967 along with 7 wins. Locker led the A.L. in mound appearances with 77 games in 1967.

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