Sparky Lyle Stats

Sparky Lyle was born on Saturday, July 22, 1944, in DuBois, Pennsylvania. Lyle was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 4, 1967, with the Boston Red Sox. 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 Sparky Lyle baseball stats page.

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"Starting pitchers may become relievers as they age but, more recently, many guys start as relief pitchers and stay in that position their entire careers. Sparky Lyle never started a game in his sixteen years with five different teams, and never seemed to mind, once saying, 'Why pitch nine innings when you can get just as famous pitching two?' It all worked out pretty well, we'd say, fetching him a World Series victory and the Cy Young award while playing for the Yankees in 1977." - Author Diedre Silva in It Takes More Than Balls: The Savvy Girls' Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Baseball (Skyhorse Publishing, 04/01/2008, Page 157)

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Sparky Lyle Autograph on a 1979 Topps Baseball Card (#365)

Sparky Lyle Autograph on a 1979 Topps Baseball Card (#365)

Birth Name:
Albert Walter Lyle
Nickname:
Sparky
Born On:
07-22-1944  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
DuBois, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Reynoldsville High School (Reynoldsville, PA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
192
First Game:
07-04-1967 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-27-1982
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Sparky Lyle Pitching Stats

1967 23 Red Sox 27 0 11 1 2 .333 2.28 0 0 5 43.1 173 33 11 13 3 14 1 42 5 2 2 -
1968 24 Red Sox 49 0 29 6 1 .857 2.74 0 0 11 65.2 274 67 20 25 6 14 2 52 5 0 1 -
1969 25 Red Sox 71 0 44 8 3 .727 2.54 0 0 17 102.2 439 91 29 33 8 48 4 93 8 1 1 -
1970 26 Red Sox 63 0 40 1 7 .125 3.88 0 0 20 67.1 297 62 29 37 5 34 5 51 1 1 1 -
1971 27 Red Sox 50 0 36 6 4 .600 2.75 0 0 16 52.1 209 41 16 16 5 23 2 37 4 0 0 -
1972 28 Yankees 59 0 56 9 5 .643 1.92 0 0 35 107.2 427 84 23 25 3 29 7 75 5 0 0 -
1973 29 Yankees 51 0 45 5 9 .357 2.51 0 0 27 82.1 330 66 23 30 4 18 2 63 3 0 0 -
1974 30 Yankees 66 0 59 9 3 .750 1.66 0 0 15 114.0 469 93 21 30 6 43 7 89 7 1 0 -
1975 31 Yankees 49 0 37 5 7 .417 3.12 0 0 6 89.1 387 94 31 34 1 36 5 65 5 2 1 -
1976 32 Yankees 64 0 58 7 8 .467 2.26 0 0 23 103.2 420 82 26 33 5 42 7 61 3 0 0 -
1977 33 Yankees 72 0 60 13 5 .722 2.17 0 0 26 137.0 554 131 33 41 7 33 6 68 10 2 0 -
1978 34 Yankees 59 0 33 9 3 .750 3.47 0 0 9 111.2 470 116 43 46 6 33 8 33 1 4 0 -
1979 35 Rangers 67 0 53 5 8 .385 3.13 0 0 13 95.0 384 78 33 37 9 28 6 48 2 0 0 -
1980 36 Rangers 49 0 32 3 2 .600 4.69 0 0 8 80.2 353 97 42 47 9 28 6 43 1 0 2 -
1980 36 Phillies 10 0 5 0 0 .000 1.93 0 0 2 14.0 59 11 3 5 0 6 1 6 1 0 0 -
1981 37 Phillies 48 0 19 9 6 .600 4.44 0 0 2 75.0 332 85 37 40 4 33 9 29 3 1 2 -
1982 38 Phillies 34 0 11 3 3 .500 5.15 0 0 2 36.2 167 50 21 23 3 12 3 12 1 0 0 -
1982 38 White Sox 11 0 6 0 0 .000 3.00 0 0 1 12.0 50 11 4 4 0 7 0 6 1 0 0 -
16 Years 899 0 634 99 76 .566 2.88 0 0 238 1,390.1 5,794 1,292 445 519 84 481 81 873 66 14 10 -

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Sparky Lyle Hitting Stats

1967 23 Red Sox 27 8 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .375
1968 24 Red Sox 49 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .125 .125 .125
1969 25 Red Sox 71 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 .118 .167 .118
1970 26 Red Sox 63 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .071 .000
1971 27 Red Sox 50 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
1972 28 Yankees 59 21 2 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 10 2 0 0 0 .190 .227 .238
1973 29 Yankees 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1974 30 Yankees 66 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1975 31 Yankees 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1976 32 Yankees 64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1977 33 Yankees 72 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1978 34 Yankees 59 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1979 35 Rangers 67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1980 36 Rangers 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1980 36 Phillies 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1981 37 Phillies 48 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .400 .500 .400
1982 38 Phillies 34 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500
1982 38 White Sox 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
16 Years 899 78 8 15 2 0 0 0 4 5 0 26 5 0 0 0 .192 .241 .218

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Sparky Lyle Fielding Stats

1967 Red Sox P 27 0 130 7 0.3 7 2 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.45
1968 Red Sox P 49 0 197 14 0.3 11 5 6 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .786 1.51
1969 Red Sox P 71 0 308 25 0.4 22 3 19 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .880 1.93
1970 Red Sox P 63 0 202 8 0.1 8 1 7 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.07
1971 Red Sox P 50 0 157 12 0.2 12 2 10 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.06
1972 Yankees P 59 0 323 15 0.3 15 4 11 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.25
1973 Yankees P 51 0 247 17 0.3 15 2 13 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .882 1.64
1974 Yankees P 66 0 342 15 0.2 14 3 11 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .933 1.11
1975 Yankees P 49 0 268 22 0.4 18 2 16 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .818 1.81
1976 Yankees P 64 0 311 16 0.3 14 3 11 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .875 1.22
1977 Yankees P 72 0 411 26 0.4 24 2 22 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.58
1978 Yankees P 59 0 335 28 0.5 27 9 18 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .964 2.18
1979 Rangers P 67 0 285 15 0.2 13 2 11 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .867 1.23
1980 Rangers P 49 0 242 14 0.3 14 4 10 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.56
1980 Phillies P 10 0 42 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1981 Phillies P 48 0 225 23 0.5 23 6 17 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.76
1982 Phillies P 34 0 110 14 0.4 13 3 10 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .929 3.19
1982 White Sox P 11 0 36 2 0.2 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
P Totals 899 0 4,171 273 0.3 252 54 198 21 12 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.63
16 Years 899 0 4,171 273 0.3 252 54 198 21 12 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.63

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Sparky Lyle Miscellaneous Stats

1967 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 3.00 8.72 2.91
1968 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 0.0 3.71 7.13 1.92
1969 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.8 17.0 1.94 8.15 4.21
1970 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.5 13.0 1.50 6.82 4.54
1971 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.61 6.36 3.96
1972 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.1 21.0 2.59 6.27 2.42
1973 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.50 6.89 1.97
1974 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.07 7.03 3.39
1975 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.81 6.55 3.63
1976 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.45 5.30 3.65
1977 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.06 4.47 2.17
1978 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 2.66 2.66
1979 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.71 4.55 2.65
1980 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.54 4.80 3.12
1980 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 3.86 3.86
1981 Phillies 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.0 0.0 0.88 3.48 3.96
1982 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 2.0 1.00 2.95 2.95
1982 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.86 4.50 5.25
16 Years 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 0.0 3.0 19.5 1.81 5.65 3.11

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Sparky Lyle Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1967 Boston Red Sox 15 , 28 Undetermined - -
1968 Boston Red Sox 28 Undetermined - -
1969 Boston Red Sox 28 Undetermined - -
1970 Boston Red Sox 28 Undetermined - -
1971 Boston Red Sox 28 Undetermined - -
1972 New York Yankees 28 $45,000.00 - -
1973 New York Yankees 28 $70,000.00 Stats -
1974 New York Yankees 28 Undetermined - -
1975 New York Yankees 28 Undetermined - -
1976 New York Yankees 28 $90,000.00 Stats Stats
1977 New York Yankees 28 $130,000.00 Stats Stats
1978 New York Yankees 28 Undetermined - -
1979 Texas Rangers 28 Undetermined - -
1980 Texas Rangers 28 Undetermined - -
1980 Philadelphia Phillies 39 Undetermined - -
1981 Philadelphia Phillies 28 Undetermined - -
1982 Philadelphia Phillies 28 Undetermined - -
1982 Chicago White Sox 28 Undetermined - -
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When Bob Locker (1965-1975) hung up his playing cleats, he had pitched 576 games, without a single start, the first pitcher in baseball history to take the mound 500-or-more times in a career, without ever starting a game. When Sparky hung up his cleats in 1982, he was the first twirler to take the mound 600-or-more times, 700-or-more times, and 800-or-more times in a career, without ever starting a game!

Sparky Lyle was once the answer to this great baseball trivia question, "Who is the only relief pitcher to take the mound at least seventy times during a season, once for the Boston Red Sox , and once for the New York Yankees ?" Lyle was the answer, appearing in 71 games for the Red Sox in 1969, then 72 games for the Yankees in 1977. Sparky is not the "only" pitcher now, having been joined by a righty relief specialist in 2004. Do you know who that pitcher is? [ Answer ]

Did you know that Sparky Lyle - 72 games pitched (#1), 60 games finished (#1), 26 saves (#2), in 1977 - was the first American League relief pitcher to win a Cy Young Award ?

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