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Former A's Reliever Paul Linblad Dies

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By oak44 on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 08:56 pm:

Former A's Picher Paul Linblad (1965-1976) died on New Year's Day. He Pitched on Charlie Finley's World Series Teams of the Early 70's.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By jerryo1 on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 09:17 pm:

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By bubba69 on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 03:47 pm:

During the season he lived in the same complex as my family did. He was a really nice guy and I had a huge crush on his daughter. He got me a ball from the 1974 WS team!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By bunnybehindhome on Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - 12:27 am:

Rest in peace, "Bladder."

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

A's 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

A's 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). Entered the game in a 2-2 tie in the 9th, in relief of Hunter and Knowles (7). New York had not scored since a Wayne Garrett leadoff home run and a Hunter wild pitch had put the Mets up 2-0 in the first inning. Lindblad pitched a scoreless 9th inning (despite a Rusty Staub double) and got through the 10th unscathed--an interesting historical note: The last out Lindblad recorded in that frame was a forceout of runner Bud Harrelson--shortstop to second--off the bat of pinch-hitter Willie Mays--in what would be Mays's final career plate appearance (though it was only Game 3). The A's would go up 3-2 in the top of the 11th on a two-out Campaneris single, scoring Kubiak from second (who had gotten there on a passed ball by Grote during a strikeout of Mangual--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. Final score: A's 3, Mets 2. Lindblad W (1-0); Parker L (0-1); Fingers SV (1). Oakland battery: Hunter, Knowles (7), Lindblad (9), Fingers (11); and Fosse, Tenace (7). New York battery: Seaver, Sadecki (9), McGraw (9), Parker (11); and Grote. 2B: OAK--Rudi (2, off Seaver); Bando (1, off Seaver) Tenace (1, off Seaver) NYM--Hahn (1, off Hunter); Staub (1, off Lindblad). HR: NYM--Garrett (2), 1st inn. OAK--None. E: NYM--Millan 2 (3) OAK--Hunter (1). LOB: OAK--10 NYM--14. WP: Hunter (1). PB: Grote (1). IBB: OAK--Tenace (1, 10th inn. by McGraw) NYM--Garrett (1, 10th inn. by Lindblad). SB: OAK--Campaneris (3, 2nd base off Seaver/Grote) NYM--None. SAC: OAK--Bando (1, 8th inning, off Seaver) NYM--Millan (1, 11th inning, off Fingers).

NB: That's Garrett's second HR of the Series, not two home runs in the 1st inning.

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:

A's 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

A's 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

A's 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

A's 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.

A's 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

A's 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, Blad, and say hi to Charlie O....

Kelly green, Fort Knox gold, and wedding-gown white forever.

^Thanks to baseballreference.com for player stats and postseason play-by-play record. I paraphrased and skewed the descriptions toward Paul Lindblad's performance in 1973 World Series Game 3--while maintaining historical accuracy, of course.


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