Field of Dreams

Banquet and Auction

Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs

6 p.m., Tuesday

Special Guest: Ralph Terry, New York Yankees pitcher, MVP, 1962 World Series

Tickets: sold out

In 1962, Chelsea native Ralph Terry led the American League in victories (23) and innings pitched (299).

No pitcher has matched his total number of innings in the last 25 years.

In the National League, Steve Carlton worked 304 innings in 1980. Jim Palmer threw 319 innings in 1977. Interestingly, both are in the Hall of Fame.

Managers and pitching coaches today limit pitch counts, and starters seldom go more than six or seven innings before the bullpen takes control of the game.

Terry, who will be the special guest Tuesday night at Claremore’s Field of Dreams banquet, completed 14 games for the New York Yankees in 1962, and 18 in 1963.

Since 1990, only two pitchers in all of major league baseball have completed as many as 15 games.

“I don’t understand it,” Terry said, talking about pitch counts.

“We had guys like Bob Turley, Don Larsen, big, powerful guys, throw 150 pitches, or more, a game.

“Now, you pitch six innings and get to the set-up guy, then the closer,” he said.

Terry credited Yankees’ pitching coach Johnny Sain for much of his success.

“He’s the greatest pitching coach of all time,” Terry said.

Sain once was quoted as saying: "I've always felt a lot of pitching coaches made a living out of running pitchers so they wouldn't have to spend that same time teaching them how to pitch."

Sain, who made his big-league debut in 1942, died in November. Four times in five years in the ’40s, Sain won 20 games or more.

Then, as a pitching coach, “he turned out more 20-game winners than anybody,” Terry said.

Although Terry’s lone 20-win season was in 1962, he sandwiched that between 16-win and 17-win campaigns.

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