While the rest of America has been wrapped up in Game of Thrones, I have spent the winter rewatching Cheers from start to finish. I have about fifteen episodes to go. It’s one of the best shows of all time but no question it is made more special to folks around here because it’s set in Boston and Ted Danson’s character is a former Sox pitcher.
Sam “Mayday” Malone even has his own Baseball Reference page. It says “he was a relief pitcher who pitched for the Red Sox from 1972 to 1978.”
This means he was a member of the 1975 World Series team and would have been in the pen for Carlton Fisk’s legendary home run. And possibly witness to the devastating Bucky Dent homer. Although as we know he didn’t give it up.
Malone wore the #16. Pitchers Jim Lonborg wore it before and Frank Viola after.
Ever wonder what Mayday’s stats looked like? Here they are according to Baseball Reference: A record of 16-30 in 207 games. These were all out of the bullpen except for one start. He had a 4.01 ERA in 312 2/3 IP with 109 BB and 40 SO.
Overall that stat line is plausible, except for the strikeouts and walks. With that ratio he never would have made it to more than 300 innings in the big leagues, not even on some of those bad Sox teams!
Sports Illustrated ran an article on Sam Malone, complete with pictures from his playing career. Here it is….