Bobby Donald Bolin
Born: Jan. 29, 1939 in Hickory Grove, SC
Debut: 1961 | Pos: P
Ht: 6'4" | Wt: 200 | B: R | T: R
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Bobby Bolin's career spanned 13 seasons with the three teams -- San Francisco (1961-69), Milwaukee Brewers (1970) and Boston Red Sox (1970-72). His career numbers include an 88-75 record, 50 saves, 1175 strikeouts, a 3.40 ERA, 164 starts, 32 complete games and 10 shutouts.
A right-hander, Bolin was known for his sidearm delivery and made his mark first in the minor leagues. On August 12, 1957, he helped the Michigan City Whitecaps beat Dubuque in an 11-0 no-hitter -- one of two he threw in the minor leagues. As a member of the Eugene Emeralds in 1959, Bolin pitched to a 20-8 record, 271 strikeouts and a 2.84 ERA.
His debut came in 1961 and in 1962, he pitched in the World Series for the Giants as they face the New York Yankees. He pitched 2.2 innings in 2 games.
One of his best seasons came a few years later, in 1965, when he compiled a 14-5 record and a 2.76 ERA while pitching for the Giants.
In 1968 - referred to as the year of the pitcher -- Bolin was 10-5 with a 1.99 ERA (second place in the NL). In 1970, he joined the Milwaukee Brewers and is the winning pitcher in the franchise's first victory.
As a hitter, Bolin posted a career .163 average in 423 at-bats with 6 home runs, 35 RBI and 1 stolen base.