Luis Tiant won 229 games during his career. That included four 20-win seasons.
His finest season came in 1968 when he went 21-9 with a 1.60 ERA. After a dismal 20-loss season in ’69, Tiant’s 1970 campaign ended early when he fractured his right scapula. The Twins released during spring training in 1971. Atlanta quickly signed him but released him a month later.
In May the Red Sox signed Tiant believing he would rebound. His first year in Boston, the right-hander went 1-7 with a 4.85 ERA. Then he started a five-year run of greatness.
In 1972 Tiant won 15 games and posted a league-best 1.91 ERA, his second sub-2.00 season. The next four years he averaged 20 wins, making two all star teams and helping the Sox to the ’75 World Series.
After the ’78 season, Tiant left the Red Sox. In his final four seasons he played for 3 teams and went 25-24 with a 4.36 ERA.
Shown here are six autographed Topps cards from throughout Luis Tiant’s career. Featured are cards from 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1981, and 1983.
Interestingly Tiant is pictured here with the Indians, Twins, Yankees, and Angels, but not the team that inducted him into their Hall of Fame — the Boston Red Sox.
My All Time Favorite Red Sox!
Big game pitcher and must see ! He should be in the HOF !
Desreves to be in Cooperstown.
As good a pitcher as Jim Palmer who is in the hall and he isn’t. He belongs there.
A great pitcher for the Red Sox with a better record then other men in the HOF. Definitely deserves to be in the HOF
A boisterous and long Bronx cheer to express my disappointment.
It’s called the Hall of Fame. Not the Hall of Very Good. He put up some great work but not Hall of Fame type work!
Para mi el mejor picher cubano q ha pisado las grandes ligas una lastima q todavia no este en el hall de la fama pero antes de q muera va poder entrar y difrutar su estadia en el templo de los inmortales eso es un hecho.
Tiant deserves to be in the hall of fame! With 200+ wins, he was a major part of the success for the Red Sox in the years that I saw him play–I can only imagine what he was like in his prime!
Not only a great pitcher , but a great person. Luis lives here in wells Maine and Everytime I run into him he acts like an old friend. He always treats every one that way. A great ambassador for the game !
Luis has the numbers to be in the HOF. He arguably has better pitching stats than Jim Bunning, Catfish Hunter and a few other HOF members. He had many great seasons, including several with a lousy Cleveland Indians team. He was a horse, who pitched a ton of innings because his teams needed him to. His performance for the Red Sox in the 1975 World Series alone was HOF worthy. He’s an icon throughout the baseball world, a great and humble teammate, and he has always been a fan and press favorite. Luis should be given this HOF honor while he is still with us and able to enjoy it with his family and many fans.
No Tiant. No Schilling. HOF sucks.
Luis’ looked like a washed up sore armed pitcher with the Twins. Credit Dick O’Connell and the Red Sox front office for signing Luis and sticking with him after his 1-7 season with the Red Sox in ’71. Luis Tiant was the type of pitcher you bought a ticket for. Those types are rare.