Boston Red Sox: Ten Greatest Starting Pitchers of All-Time

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#7: Luis Tiant

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Nicknamed El Tiante, Luis Tiant only spent eight of his 19 MLB seasons with the Red Sox, but his time in Boston was almost in-arguably the most memorable time period of his career.

Arguably the best year of his entire career came with the Red Sox in 1972, when Tiant went 15-6 with a league-leading 1.91 ERA. He was sixth in Cy Young voting that season, and eight in the MVP ballots.

While with the Red Sox, Tiant was the team’s ace, and was best known for his ability to step up and pitch in the biggest games. Some pitchers simply cannot step up and take the ball when their team needs it the most. Armed with a strong arsenal and the most confident attitude on the mount, El Tiante was never afraid to make the biggest starts for the Red Sox.

Most memorably was Tiant throwing a complete game three hitter in the 1975 ALCS against the three-time defending World Series champion Oakland Athletics. Tiant allowed only one unearned run in that game, and was the driving force to send the Red Sox to the World Series.

He would follow-up that performance starting in Game 1 of the World Series by beating the Reds 6-0 only allowing 5 hits while shutting out the likes Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, and Joe Morgan. The Red Sox could not win the World Series that season, but it was through no fault of Tiant’s, who pitched well in his following three starts of the series.

Tiant has not been inducted into the Cooperstown since his retirement following the 1982 season, but in 1997 he was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame as well as being inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.

A true ace who with unlimited testicular fortitude, Tiant will always be remembered in Boston.

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