Red Sox Great Luis Tiant Will Appear On Game On Later Today!
Fired up for a fun interview. Later this afternoon on my radio program- Game On With Bruce Jacobs, heard on 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, New York, legendary pitcher Luis Tiant, who made the cork screw wind up famous is scheduled to appear at 5.05 pm.
This larger then life baseball personality and pitcher helped lead the Red Sox to a World Series Appearance in 1975. Tiant won 2 of the 3 games the Sox won in that classic matchup vs the Big Red Machine aka the Cincinnati Reds which will always go down as 1 of the most exciting series ever.
The highlite that lives in infamy from that classic is Sox Catcher Carlton Fisk waving his blast down the left field line fair to win game 6. The Reds went on to win game 7 and the title.
El Tiante had a long and special career, winning 222 games. He also pitched for the Twins, Indians, Pirates, Angels, and yes the Yankees. In fact Tiant went from the Red Sox to the Yanks after the 1978 season!
However the story of Tiant was not just on the ball field. He was featured in the movie " The lost son of Havana". Tiant was born in Cuba. His father played in the Negro leagues.
Tiant will be in the Albany area for a Golf Tournament and cigar night event on July 23rd.
Many will remember Tiant from his famous windup, the corkscrew, which literally had him twisting his body so much so that his back was to the batter before he twisted back and fired his pitch of choice.
Tiant was most known as a Red Sox but he left Boston after the 78 season to sign as a fre agent with the Yankees. He went 21-17 in 2 seasons with the bombers, 13-8 in 1979. His 2 year contract with the Yanks paid him a total of 740,000 dollars. With his numbers imagine what he would make in today's game.
Tiant retired after the 1982 season which he closed out with the then California Angels. In total he hurled for 18 years in the big leagues.