Relief pitcher stories in the SI Vault

Darlin' Clem Labine By Robert Creamer, June 03, 1957 They even sing songs in praise of the ruler of the Dodger bullpen.

Look! It's The Monster By Joe Jares, April 19, 1965 The best relief pitcher in all of baseball is an amiable giant named Dick Radatz who used to play catch with his mother.

Red Man To The Rescue By Ron Fimrite, August 21, 1972 A tobacco-chewing relief pitcher and dee-fense have put the once mighty Yankees into a pennant race for the first time in years.

In Relief: Agony, Ecstasy And Comedy By George Plimpton, November 03, 1975 The author views the Series with the high-risk men in the bullpens, occupying a bubble-gummed and tobacco-spattered vantage point that yields an unusual story.

Special Delivery From Down Under By Steve Wulf, July 11, 1983 They, call Dan Quisenberry of Kansas City The Australian because of his unorthodox pitching style, but his record isn't strange.

The Pen Ultimate By Steve Rushin, June 08, 1992 Red Sox reliever Jeff Reardon is about to overtake Rollie Fingers as baseball's alltime save leader, but with saves as cheap as they are today, how much is that record really worth?

The Paintmaster By Steve Wulf, August 24, 1992 With uncanny control and a peerless talent for painting the edges of the plate, Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley has become virtually unbeatable.

The Pen Is Mightier By Tom Verducci, September 20, 1999 With starters pitching fewer innings, more teams -- including some of baseball's best -- are building their staffs around an array of relief specialists.

Boston's Bullpen Gamble By Daniel G. Habib, March 17, 2003 Spurning high-priced closers, the Red Sox are touting a new strategy and testing the odds with a mix of low-cost relievers to get them out of jams.

Mariano Saves By Tom Verducci, October 05, 2009 As the gates swing open upon another October, baseball will once again attempt to divine one of the game's great mysteries: how a man, closing fast on 40 and armed with but a single pitch, continues to dominate in the clutch like no other player.

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