Roger Craig, who was the ace of the horrible 1962 and 1963 Mets who later became a successful pitching coach and manager teaching pitchers the split-fingered fastball, died at the age of 93.
Craig pitched for the Dodgers (1955-1961), Mets (1962-1963), Cardinals (1964), Reds (1965) and Phillies (1966). He was on three WS Champs (1955 and 1959 Dodgers, 1964 Cardinals). He also was on the 1956 NL pennant winning Dodger team.
He went 5-3, 2.78 for the 1955 WS Champ Dodgers in his rookie season.
In 1956 he was 12-11, 3.71 for the pennant winning Dodgers.
In 1959, 11-5, 2.06 for the WS Champ Dodgers, and he led the NL that year with 4 shutouts. He also finished 13th in MVP voting that year.
With the 1962 Mets, Craig was 10-24, 4.51 for a team that went 40-120. He led the majors in losses. The following year, Craig went 5-22, 3.78 and once again led the majors in losses.
In 1964, Craig was 7-9, 3.25 for the WS Champ Cardinals.
For his career, he was 74-98, 3.83, ERA+ 104. Take away those two years with the Mets, and he was 59-52.
His 162-game average was 9-12, 3.83.
In seven WS games, four of them starts, he went 2-2 with a 6.49 ERA.
Craig managed the Padres in 1978 and 1979. In 1978 San Diego went 84-78 and finished 4th, but they slipped to 68-93 in 1979 and Craig was let go.
He took over as manager of the Giants from 1985 to 1992 and led them to a division title in 1987, losing the NLCS to the Cardinals. Two years later, he led the Giants to the NL pennant, but they were swept by the A’s in the World Series, one interrupted by an earthquake.
Craig’s managerial record was 738-737.
- Awards (1,067)
- Ex-Players (1,443)
- In-Season Moves (1,448)
- Managers and Coaches (1,245)
- Media (1,382)
- Mike's Musings (7,395)
- Minor Leagues (2,745)
- Minors (30)
- Offseason Moves (1,178)
- Players (7,520)
- Postseason (803)
- Regular Season (4,990)
- Scandal (490)
- Sports Betting (72)
- Spring Training (795)
- The Front Office (944)
- The Owner (198)
- Uncategorized (155)
- Winter Leagues (128)
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