Bob Welch Stats

Bob Welch was born on Saturday, November 3, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan. Welch was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 20, 1978, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bob Welch baseball stats page.

"I couldn't believe this was happening to me. I was a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers who once in a while drank too many beers. I was twenty-three years old, the kid who struck out Reggie Jackson to end a World Series game, and when I walked near the stands, women would call to me, and Mary Ellen was always waiting for me back home. I had it pretty good. There were times when I'd tell jokes, seem happy-got-lucky, the life of the party. I'd try to entertain, be more at ease with people, make people laugh. But what it was, I usually had a buzz on. That's a phrase I use a lot - getting a buzz on. People ask me what ie means, how it feels, and the best I can say is 'clumsy, woozy, good.' At first, I'd laugh my ass off, until I couldn't talk anymore. I was funny at first unless I was drinking whiskey and then the results would be a lot more serious. The first beer was all I ever needed. If I had time for twenty, I'd drink twenty and get all fucked up." - Bob Welch in Five O'Clock Comes Early: A Young Man's Battle with Alcoholism (Fireside Publishing. 1991 September 1. Introduction.)
Bob Welch

Bob Welch Autograph on a 1984 Fleer Baseball Card (#116)
Bob Welch Autograph on a 1984 Fleer Baseball Card (#116)

Birth Name:
Robert Lynn Welch
Nickname:
Bob
Born On:
11-03-1956  (Scorpio)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Detroit, Michigan
Year of Death Data Died On:
06-09-2014 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Seal Beach, California
Cemetery:
Cremated
High School:
Hazel Park High School (Ferndale, MI)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
190
First Game:
06-20-1978 (Age 21)
Last Game:
08-11-1994
Draft:
1977 : 1st Round (20th)
Bob Welch

Bob Welch Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1978 22 Dodgers 23 13 6 7 4 .636 2.02 4 3 3 111.1 439 92 25 28 6 26 2 66 2 1 2 -
1979 23 Dodgers 25 12 10 5 6 .455 3.98 1 0 5 81.1 349 82 36 42 7 32 4 64 0 3 0 -
1980 24 Dodgers 32 32 0 14 9 .609 3.29 3 2 0 213.2 889 190 78 85 15 79 6 141 7 3 5 -
1981 25 Dodgers 23 23 0 9 5 .643 3.44 2 1 0 141.1 601 141 54 56 11 41 0 88 2 3 0 -
1982 26 Dodgers 36 36 0 16 11 .593 3.36 9 3 0 235.2 965 199 88 94 19 81 5 176 5 5 1 -
1983 27 Dodgers 31 31 0 15 12 .556 2.65 4 3 0 204.0 828 164 60 73 13 72 4 156 4 3 6 -
1984 28 Dodgers 31 29 0 13 13 .500 3.78 3 1 0 178.2 771 191 75 86 11 58 7 126 4 2 2 -
1985 29 Dodgers 23 23 0 14 4 .778 2.31 8 3 0 167.1 675 141 43 49 16 35 2 96 7 6 4 -
1986 30 Dodgers 33 33 0 7 13 .350 3.28 7 3 0 235.2 981 227 86 95 14 55 6 183 2 7 1 -
1987 31 Dodgers 35 35 0 15 9 .625 3.22 6 4 0 251.2 1,027 204 90 94 21 86 6 196 4 4 4 -
1988 32 Athletics 36 36 0 17 9 .654 3.64 4 2 0 244.2 1,034 237 99 107 22 81 1 158 3 10 13 -
1989 33 Athletics 33 33 0 17 8 .680 3.00 1 0 0 209.2 884 191 70 82 13 78 3 137 5 6 0 -
1990 34 Athletics 35 35 0 27 6 .818 2.95 2 2 0 238.0 979 214 78 90 26 77 4 127 2 5 2 -
1991 35 Athletics 35 35 0 12 13 .480 4.58 7 1 0 220.0 950 220 112 124 25 91 3 101 3 11 2 -
1992 36 Athletics 20 20 0 11 7 .611 3.27 0 0 0 123.2 513 114 45 47 13 43 0 47 1 2 0 -
1993 37 Athletics 30 28 0 9 11 .450 5.29 0 0 0 166.2 746 208 98 102 25 56 5 63 1 7 0 -
1994 38 Athletics 25 8 4 3 6 .333 7.08 0 0 0 68.2 325 79 54 56 10 43 2 44 3 1 3 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
17 Years 506 462 20 211 146 .591 3.47 61 28 8 3,092.0 12,956 2,894 1,191 1,310 267 1,034 60 1,969 55 79 45 -
Bob Welch

Bob Welch Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1978 22 Dodgers 23 29 3 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 6 0 0 0 .172 .172 .207
1979 23 Dodgers 25 19 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 3 0 1 0 .158 .200 .158
1980 24 Dodgers 34 70 1 17 3 0 0 0 3 1 0 13 5 0 0 0 .243 .254 .286
1981 25 Dodgers 23 45 3 10 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 16 7 0 0 0 .222 .239 .267
1982 26 Dodgers 38 85 5 12 1 0 0 0 3 3 0 32 7 2 0 0 .141 .167 .153
1983 27 Dodgers 31 73 2 7 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 22 3 0 1 1 .096 .120 .151
1984 28 Dodgers 32 51 0 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 15 8 0 0 1 .078 .113 .078
1985 29 Dodgers 25 50 4 9 1 0 0 0 4 3 0 13 7 0 0 1 .180 .226 .200
1986 30 Dodgers 35 76 2 8 0 0 1 0 4 4 0 23 5 0 1 0 .105 .160 .145
1987 31 Dodgers 38 83 5 13 0 0 0 0 5 7 0 24 8 0 0 0 .157 .222 .157
1988 32 Athletics 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1989 33 Athletics 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1990 34 Athletics 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1991 35 Athletics 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1992 36 Athletics 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1993 37 Athletics 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1994 38 Athletics 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
17 Years 520 582 26 88 7 1 2 0 30 22 0 171 59 2 3 4 .151 .186 .177
Bob Welch

Bob Welch Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1978 Dodgers P 23 13 334 19 0.8 18 6 12 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .947 1.46
1979 Dodgers P 25 12 244 13 0.5 10 2 8 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .769 1.11
1980 Dodgers P 32 32 641 42 1.3 41 15 26 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .976 1.73
1981 Dodgers P 23 23 424 22 1.0 22 4 18 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.40
1982 Dodgers LF 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1982 Dodgers P 36 36 707 47 1.3 45 19 26 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .957 1.72
1982 Dodgers RF 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1983 Dodgers P 31 31 612 44 1.4 41 14 27 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .932 1.81
1984 Dodgers P 31 29 536 50 1.6 48 20 28 2 5 n/a n/a n/a .960 2.42
1985 Dodgers P 23 23 502 45 2.0 42 15 27 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .933 2.26
1986 Dodgers P 33 33 707 49 1.5 47 21 26 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .959 1.79
1987 Dodgers P 35 35 755 63 1.8 63 25 38 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1988 Athletics P 36 36 734 49 1.4 48 16 32 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .980 1.77
1989 Athletics P 33 33 629 51 1.5 47 26 21 4 3 n/a n/a n/a .922 2.02
1990 Athletics P 35 35 714 51 1.5 51 20 31 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.93
1991 Athletics P 35 35 660 46 1.3 44 15 29 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .957 1.80
1992 Athletics P 20 20 371 19 1.0 18 5 13 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .947 1.31
1993 Athletics P 30 28 500 42 1.4 42 16 26 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.27
1994 Athletics P 25 8 206 11 0.4 10 4 6 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .909 1.31
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 506 462 9,276 663 1.3 637 243 394 26 30 n/a n/a n/a .961 1.85
RF Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
LF Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
17 Years 508 462 9,276 663 1.3 637 243 394 26 30 n/a n/a n/a .961 1.85
Bob Welch

Bob Welch Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1978 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.1 29.0 2.54 5.34 2.10
1979 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.2 6.3 2.00 7.08 3.54
1980 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 2 n/a 0.0 5.4 23.3 1.78 5.94 3.33
1981 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.8 22.5 2.15 5.60 2.61
1982 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 2.7 28.3 2.17 6.72 3.09
1983 Dodgers 0 1 .000 0 0 n/a 73.0 3.3 36.5 2.17 6.88 3.18
1984 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 3.4 17.0 2.17 6.35 2.92
1985 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 2 n/a 0.0 3.8 12.5 2.74 5.16 1.88
1986 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 2 n/a 76.0 3.3 19.0 3.33 6.99 2.10
1987 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 3 n/a 0.0 3.5 16.6 2.28 7.01 3.08
1988 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.95 5.81 2.98
1989 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.76 5.88 3.35
1990 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.65 4.80 2.91
1991 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.11 4.13 3.72
1992 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.09 3.42 3.13
1993 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.13 3.40 3.02
1994 Athletics 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.02 5.77 5.64
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
17 Years 0 1 .000 1 12 0 291.0 3.4 19.4 1.90 5.73 3.01
Bob Welch

Bob Welch Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1978 Los Angeles Dodgers 35 $21,000.00 - Stats
1979 Los Angeles Dodgers 35 $23,000.00 - -
1980 Los Angeles Dodgers 35 $30,000.00 Stats -
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers 35 $55,000.00 - Stats
1982 Los Angeles Dodgers 35 $233,000.00 - -
1983 Los Angeles Dodgers 35 $233,000.00 - -
1984 Los Angeles Dodgers 35 $233,000.00 - -
1985 Los Angeles Dodgers 35 $643,750.00 - -
1986 Los Angeles Dodgers 35 $743,750.00 - -
1987 Los Angeles Dodgers 35 $837,500.00 - -
1988 Oakland Athletics 35 $937,500.00 - Stats
1989 Oakland Athletics 35 $1,208,333.00 - -
1990 Oakland Athletics 35 $1,133,334.00 Stats Stats
1991 Oakland Athletics 35 $3,450,000.00 - -
1992 Oakland Athletics 35 $3,450,000.00 - -
1993 Oakland Athletics 35 $3,450,000.00 - -
1994 Oakland Athletics 35 $3,450,000.00 - n/a


Bob Welch had a fine rookie season in 1978 , starting thirteen games, relieving ten games, winning seven, and even saving three games. In his twenty-fourth career game, the 21-year-old-rookie made national headlines when he was called in from the bullpen during Game 2 of the 1978 World Series , to face-off against Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson . Our favorite account was written by Gannett News Writer Hal Bodley:

Dodgers win it, 4-3 in movie-script ending

LOS ANGELES - The tention was exquisite.

The second game of the 75th World Series had come down to this: Rookie vs. veteran, right-hander vs. left-hander, Bobby Welch vs. Reggie Jackson .

Gradually, the 55,982 fans begane to stand in Dodger Stadium.

The murmur of excitement and suspens swelled through the park because of all the Yankees, Reggie Jackson was the one batter the Los Angeles players did not want to see.

The game was in Welch's hand.

The game was in Jackson's hand.

The Dodgers had ridden Ron Cey's three-run sixth inning homer to a 4-2 lead and were walking a tight rope in the eighth Wednesday when the defending world champions closed to within a run before Terry Forster retired Graig Nettles with the tying run on second base.

But in the ninth, New York's Bucky Dent opened with a single to left, went to second on Roy White's infield out and, after Paul Blair walked, Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda summoned Welch.

Calmly, the baby-faced 21-year-old got Thurman Munson to fly to right field.

That brought to the plate the feared Mr. October , or Mr. Clutch , who has been known to destroy pitchers when a game is on the line.

"Don't get fancy, go with your best stuff," second baseman Davey Lopes remembered yelling at Welch. "Make him hit your best stuff."

When Welch was growing up in Detroit, he frequently went to Tiger Stadium.

American League players such as Reggie Jackson and Thurman Munson became his idols. "I tried not to think about that, about the fact that I might be in awe pitching to somebody like Reggie Jackson ," Welch would later say. "I just went out there and threw as hard as I could."

So with Dent dancing around second base with the tying run, and Blair on first, Bobby Welch went to work again Jackson .

"Fastballs all the way, nothing but fastballs," he said.

The first one Reggie Jackson would like to have back. It streaked across the plate. It was a mighty swing, but he missed. He almost fell down.

The crowd roared.

"He just missed it," Welch said later. "He missed it just enough. That's the one he really had a chance to hit. If he was going to hit one out, that was the one."

The next one was inside. Count 1-1.

Now the fans were standing and yelling, and the park was vibrating.

Jackson fouled the next pitch. And the next, and the next.

Then came a ball, high, and it was a 2-2 count.

Again Welch delivered a fastball and again Jackson fouled it back. The next was hit and it was 3-2.

So the second game of the World Series was down to one pitch - barring another foul - or one swing.

As Welch went into the stretch, the runners broke.

Dodger Stadium became suddenly quiet - for a moment.

Jackson put every ounce of strength he could muster in the swing. The bat made an awesome arc. But it missed the ball.

Reggie Jackson had struck out!

Source: The Poughkeepsi Journal. 1978 October 12. Page 29.


1978 World Series Game 2 | Welch Sits Down Reggie | MLB Advanced Media, L.P.
In 1974 , Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter won twenty-five games, the most by any pitcher to ever wear an Oakland Athletics uniform. When Bob Welch won twenty-seven games in 1990 , he set a new single season wins record in Oakland that remains unbroken through today !

Since that season, more than fifty pitchers have won twenty-or-more games in a season. More than ten of them are already in the Hall of Fame. However, not one pitcher since Welch has even won twenty-five games! Just three won twenty-four games ( John Smoltz in 1996, Randy Johnson in 2002, and Justin Verlander in 2011).

Bob Welch Cy Young
Bob Welch Wins Cy Young | The Enterprise Journal | November 14, 1990 | Page 10
Bob Welch died of a broken neck resulting from an accidental fall in the bathroom of his Seal Beach, California home on June 9, 2014 at the age of 57. The Orange County Coroner's Office (California) ruled that Welch suffered a cervical spine fracture "with epidural hemorrhage due to hyperextension of neck" (Seattle Times) suffered in the fall, negating earlier reports that he had died from a heart attack.

Last-Modified: February 27, 2018 7:43 AM EST

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