Happy Reds birthday, Rich Gale!
January 19, 1954
Rich Gale‘s 1978 rookie year showed a great deal of promise: 14 victories, a 3.09 ERA, and a 4th place finish in the Rookie of the Year voting (behind Lou Whitaker, Paul Molitor, and Carney Lansford). By 1983, Gale was with the Reds, his big league team. Two years later, he was the winning pitcher in the Japan Series for the Hanshin Tigers. After spending some time with the Fort Myers Sun Sox in the Senior Professional Baseball Association, Gale served as a pitching coach and even appeared in a couple of games in the Red Sox system, playing for New Britain in 1989 and Pawtucket in 1991. After retiring, the Red Sox brought him on as pitching coach in 1992. Most recently, he worked with pitchers for the Nashville Sounds until 2011.