Jan 2, 2020
Michael Stephen Lolich (born September 12, 1940) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a pitcher from 1962 until 1979, most notably for the Detroit Tigers.
A three-time All-Star, Lolich is most notable for his performance in the 1968 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals when he earned three complete-game victories, including a win over Bob Gibson in the climactic Game 7.
In a 16-year major league career, Lolich played in 586 games, accumulating a 217–191 win–loss record along with a 3.44 earned run average.
He struck out 200 or more batters in a season seven times in his career.
His 2,832 career strikeouts were the most by a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball history until he was surpassed by Steve Carlton in 1981 and, he held the American League record for strikeouts by a left-handed pitcher until being surpassed by CC Sabathia in 2017.
Lolich threw 41 shutouts and 195 complete games during his career, completing nearly 40 percent of his starts.
Mickey’s book, “Joy in Tigertown: A Determined Team, a Resilient City, and our Magical Run to the 1968 World Series,” is available at Amazon.com and other online book retailers.
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