McNally, Cuellar, Dobson and Palmer

by James Finn Garner

Yesterday in 1971, Jim Palmer shut out the Indians 5-0, becoming the fourth member of the ’71 Orioles’ pitching staff — after Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar and Pat Dobson — to win 20 or more games. The only previous staff to boast four 20-game winners was the 1920 Chicago White Sox.

Cuellar, McNally, Palmer and Dobson:
These are the men who’ll finish the job, son

To keep hitters down or stifle a rally,
Call Palmer, Dobson, Cuellar, McNally.

Batters looking so dead, they might need an embalmer
McNally, Cuellar, Dobson and Palmer.

If any could beat them, don’t know who they are,
Dobson, McNally, Palmer and Cuellar.

H/t to Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging 70s.


Published in Baltimore Orioles, History, James Finn Garner, Players, Pure doggerel | Link to this poem | 2 Comments

McNally, Cuellar, Dobson and Palmer: 2 Comments

  1. stu wrote,

    terrific. good form, great rhymes!

  2. James Finn Garner » Blog Archive » An Ode to Orioles’ Pitchers Past wrote,

    […] wrote a short silly salute to the fearsome starting rotation of the 1971 Baltimore Orioles for Bardball yesterday. It was only the second rotation to contain four 20-game winners in 92 years, just a buzzsaw that […]

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