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Mike McCormick (pitcher)

Mike McCormick
Born: (1938-09-29) September 29, 1938
Pasadena, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 3, 1956, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
May 22, 1971, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 134–128
Earned run average 3.73
Strikeouts 1,321
Career highlights and awards

Michael Francis "Mike" McCormick (born September 29, 1938) is a retired American baseball pitcher who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the New York and San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Senators, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals from 1956 to 1971. He batted and threw left-handed and served primarily as a starting pitcher.

Signed by the Giants as a Cy Young Award. In the middle of the 1970 season, he was traded to the New York Yankees, who released him before the start of the next season. He then signed with the Kansas City Royals, with whom he played his last game on May 22, 1971.


  • Early life 1
  • Professional career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

McCormick was born on September 29, 1938 in Bonus Rule, he could not be placed in the minor leagues for two years.[5] As a result, he went directly to the major leagues and immediately began training with the first team the day after he signed.[2]

Professional career

McCormick made his major league debut for the Giants on September 3, 1956, at the age of 17,[1] relieving Rubén Gómez in the ninth inning and retiring all three batters he faced in a 5–1 loss against the Philadelphia Phillies.[6] He made two starts later in the season, and finished with a 0–1 win–loss record and a 9.45 earned run average (ERA) in just 6 23 innings pitched.[1]

At the end of the 1966 season, McCormick returned to the Giants in a trade that brought Cap Peterson and Bob Priddy to the Senators.[7]

The 1967 season saw McCormick churn out one of the best statistical years in his career. He led the National League (NL) in wins with 22,[1] and defeated every NL team other than the Giants that year.[8] At the end of the season, McCormick won the Cy Young Award,[9] garnering 90% of the vote and 18 out of 20 first place votes.[10] In doing so, he became the first Giants pitcher to win the award, and was the only one to do so for 41 years until Tim Lincecum won it in 2008.[11]

McCormick is recognized as the player who hit the 500th home run by an MLB pitcher.[12] He was also responsible for giving up Hank Aaron's 500th home run.[13] Because of these two feats, he personalized his license plate with the words "Mr. 500".[12]

Personal life

After retiring from baseball, McCormick went on to pursue a career in securities business that he himself established over several MLB offseasons. After three years in that field, he switched to office machines and copiers, working for Ricoh and then Danka, before retiring in 2002.[5] He serves annually as a guest instructor for the San Francisco Giants during spring training.[4] He also conducts the team's fantasy camps and occasionally commentates on Giants' games.[5]

McCormick's Cy Young Award plaque was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake after it fell off the wall of his Cupertino condominium. Although he was initially going to get the crack at the back repaired, he decided against it, noting how "it ha[d] more character now."[14] He now houses it in a special room along with other memorabilia from his career.[15]

McCormick had four children from his first marriage.[5] He remarried to Dierdre.[16] After retiring from Danka, they moved from Sunnyvale, California[2] and settled in Pinehurst, North Carolina.[5] At the The O'Neal School in Southern Pines, North Carolina, McCormick assisted the school's baseball program and donated his baseball memorabilia to the school to help them with their auctions.[17]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Mike McCormick Statistics and History". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Bitker, Steve (February 28, 2012). The Original San Francisco Giants: The Giants Of '58. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ Baseball Register. C.C. Spink & Son. 1965. p. 276. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Schott, Tom; Peters, Nick (2003). The Giants Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Johanson, Matt (2005). Giants: Where Have You Gone?. Sports Publishing LLC. pp. 19–24. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "September 3, 1956 New York Giants at Philadelphia Phillies Play by Play and Box Score". Sports Reference LLC. September 3, 1956. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mike McCormick Returns To Giants". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. December 14, 1966. p. 10. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "McCormick Hits Two Milestones". The Evening Independent (St. Petersburg). Associated Press. August 15, 1967. p. 15A. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ "McCormick Wins Young Hill Award". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. November 1, 1967. p. 29. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ "1967 Awards Voting – NL Cy Young Voting". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Lincecum beats out Webb, is Giants' second Cy Young winner". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. November 13, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Embrey, Tom (April 15, 2009). "Cy Young Winner Will Share Story". The Pilot (Southern Pines). Retrieved September 19, 2013.  (subscription required)
  13. ^ "500th Home Run By Aaron". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. July 15, 1968. p. 2. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ Baggarly, Andrew (November 9, 2008). "McCormick Is Eager To Share Fame". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved September 19, 2013.  (subscription required)
  15. ^ Brown, Daniel (September 9, 2007). "McCormick Would Gladly Share His Cy Young-winning Status". San Jose Mercury News. p. 7C. Retrieved September 19, 2013.  (subscription required)
  16. ^ Chapin, Dwight (March 24, 2002). "Where Are They Now – Mike McCormick – Years with Giants more than a left-handed compliment". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Pitcher Mike McCormick Talks About Baseball". The Pilot (Southern Pines). April 15, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2013.  (subscription required)

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Baseball Almanac
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