Dan Quisenberry was the dominant reliever of the early and mid-1980s. He led the American League in saves five times from 1980-1985.
The Rolaids Relief Man Award, given from 1976-2012 to the top reliever in each league was regularly given to Quiz at the height of his career. The Kansas City Royals submariner won it in 1980, and every season from 1982 through 1985.
He was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1998. Many believe he has a case for Cooperstown. The reliever was in the top five of Cy Young voting five time. He also received support in MVP voting finishing in the top 10 in four seasons.
When Quisenberry first appeared on the ballot, Hoyt Wilhelm and Rollie Fingers were the only relievers in the Hall. Quiz received only 3.8% of the vote and was bounced from the ballot. He has appeared on the Veterans Committee ballot multiple times.
Detractors of his Hall of Fame worthiness point to the brevity of his career and peak. From 1980-1985 he was certainly one of the best in the game. After that he declined quickly. In all, he played only a dozen seasons.
During his 12-year career Quiz recorded 244 saves, good for sixth on the All Time list when he retired. Shown here is an autographed 1980 Dan Quisenberry rookie card.