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Paul Lindblad passed away

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By yc2578 on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 07:11 pm:

I hadn't seen this posted but arguably the Oakland A's best middle reliever ever passed away about a week ago at age 64. Apparantly he'd been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By oakland4ever on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 07:33 pm:

Definetely a name from our first round of glory years. Don't recall seeing him at any of the A's three 30 year anniversary championship reunions. RIP

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By buzz on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 07:45 pm:

I remember that when Catfish was near the end of his life, in 1999, Sports Illustrated did a feature story about him, and in it in the writer said that Cat was not only reeling from having ALS, but from the condition of his old pal Paul Lindblad, who was suffering from Alzheimers. That was 6 years ago, and that is why you have not seen or heard from him. He's been suffering for a long time.

Lindblad and Darold Knowles, setting up for Fingers. Unbeatable.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By bunnybehindhome on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 10:07 pm:

Rest in peace, "Bladder."

Check out these A's post-season pitching stats from 1973:

As 1973 World Series Winning Pitchers
vs. New York Mets
Score LP
Holtzman (Game 1) 2-1 Matlack
Lindblad (Game 3) 3-2# Parker
Hunter (Game 6) 3-1 Seaver
Holtzman (Game 7) 5-2 Matlack
#11 innings

As 1973 AL Championship Series Winning Pitchers
vs. Baltimore Orioles
Score LP
Hunter (Game 1) 6-3 McNally
Holtzman (Game 3)** 2-1 Cuellar
Hunter (Game 5) 3-0 Alexander
**11 innings, CG (both pitchers)

Note: Paul Lindblad was the only other pitcher besides Catfish Hunter and Ken Holtzman to win a game for the A's in the 1973 postseason. (Against Mets, WS Game 3). Pitched a scoreless 9th inning [despite a Rusty Staub double] in relief of Hunter and Knowles [7]; got through the 10th unscathed--an interesting note: The last out he recorded in that frame was a forceout of runner Bud Harrelson--shortstop to second--in what would be Willie Mays's final career plate appearance. The A's would go up 3-2 in the top of the 11th on a Campaneris single, scoring Kubiak from second (who was there on a passed ball, thus the run was unearned). Lindblad would leave the game after giving up a single to Wayne Garrett to lead off the Met 11th, giving way to Rollie Fingers. A sacrifice bunt promptly put the tying run in scoring position with one out, but Fingers got Staub to fly out to center and Jones to ground out to short to preserve the win. Lindblad (1-0), Parker (0-1). New York pitchers: Seaver, Sadecki (9), McGraw (9), Parker (11).

From 1972-1974 postseason: A's wins by winning pitcher:
=======================================
Catfish Hunter: 7
Ken Holtzman: 6 (Including 11-inning CG vs. Baltimore '73)
Blue Moon Odom: 3
Rollie Fingers: 3
Paul Lindblad: 1
Vida Blue: 1
=======================================

The full list of '72-'74 A's postseason wins:

As 1972 World Series Winning Pitchers
vs. Cincinnati Reds
Score LP
Holtzman (Game 1) 3-2 Nolan
Hunter (Game 2) 2-1 Grimsley
Fingers (Game 4) 3-2 Carroll
Hunter (Game 7) 3-2 Borbon

As 1972 AL Championship Series Winning Pitchers
vs. Detroit Tigers
Score LP
Fingers (Game1) 3-2* Lolich
Odom (Game2) 5-0 Fryman
Odom (Game 5) 2-1 Fryman
*11 innings

As 1973 World Series Winning Pitchers
vs. New York Mets
Score LP
Holtzman (Game 1) 2-1 Matlack
Lindblad (Game 3) 3-2# Parker
Hunter (Game 6) 3-1 Seaver
Holtzman (Game 7) 5-2 Matlack
#11 innings

As 1973 AL Championship Series Winning Pitchers
vs. Baltimore Orioles
Score LP
Hunter (Game 1) 6-3 McNally
Holtzman (Game 3)** 2-1 Cuellar
Hunter (Game 5) 3-0 Alexander
**11 innings, CG for both pitchers.

As 1974 World Series Winning Pitchers
vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Score LP
Fingers (Game 1) 3-2 Messersmith
Hunter (Game 3) 3-2 Downing
Holtzman (Game 4) 5-2 Messersmith
Odom (Game 5) 3-2 Marshall

As 1974 AL Championship Series Winning Pitchers
vs. Baltimore Orioles
Score LP
Holtzman (Game 2) 5-0 McNally
Blue (Game 3) 1-0 Palmer
Hunter (Game 4) 2-1 Cuellar

I included the list of losing pitchers to show the quality of pitchers the A's had to beat to win those championships: Jon Matlack; Tom Seaver; Dave McNally; Mickey Lolich; Mike Cuellar (beat him twice by scores of 2-1, including a CG on both sides!); Andy Messersmith; Jim Palmer; Doyle Alexander; and Al Downing.*** (They also beat the Reds' Gary Nolan and Ross Grimsley, two young pitchers who were at the top of their game at the time, but whose careers would fizz out just a few years later. They still both finished with winning records [110-70] and [124-99], respectively.)

As a note, the combined career W/L records of those nine pitchers (1,737-1,303) would give each player an average of 193 wins against 164 losses (.571). If you include the two Reds pitchers, that mark improves to .572 (1,971-1,472). Among the starting pitchers the A's beat, the low mark in career wins would be Gary Nolan's with a humble (110-70) record--though Jon Matlack finished at sub-.500 (125-126). Tom Seaver had the high mark in both wins and losses (311-205, .603, 2.86), while Palmer takes the cake in career winning percentage with a (268-152, .638, 2.86) record.

Again, rest in peace, Paul "The Bladder" Lindblad. You were a great part of a great, colorful A's dynasty that may never be equalled. I'll toss some orange baseballs in your name.

Keep striking them out in heaven, and say hi to Charlie O....


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