Bill Bonham pitched 10 seasons for the Cubs and the Reds from 1971-80, appearing in 300 games, winning 75 and pitching almost 1,500 innings. In this episode we learn about Bonham's journey from undrafted free agent out of UCLA to his life as a Major League pitcher in the 1970s.
Bill Bonham at baseballreference.com:
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Errata: Ferguson Jenkins completed 30 of 39 starts in 1971, not 27 (Bill) or 29 (Craig). Bonham was drafted in the 31st round by the Angels in June 1966, in the 4th round in January 1967 by the Angels, and in the 31st round by the Orioles in June 1967. Not an error but worth noting that Rich Reuschel won 214 games in his career and pitched to age 42. Craig was thinking pre-expansion - in the '70s teams played 18 games in their division (not 22) and 12 games against team in the other division.
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