Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Cake or gum? 1976 Steve Busby

Last time gum held on for a 7-3 victory. Who will win this time?

Hands up or down? It looks like both photos were taken on the first base/right field side of Royals Stadium, probably at the same time.

Steve Busby had an excellent rookie season in 1973, and was an All Star in 1974 and 1975, pitching two no-hitters and winning 56 games over three seasons. Unfortunately Busby hurt his rotator cuff in early 1976, and he was never close to the same pitcher again, and was unable to contribute to the Royals' postseason run in the late 1970s. He returned in 1978 but was unable to regain effectiveness, retiring after the 1980 season. In 167 games he went 70-54 with a 3.72 ERA. After his career he was a longtime Rangers broadcaster, and is now retired, though he does occasional youth coaching.