Relief pitcher stories in the SI Vault
Darlin' Clem LabineBy Robert Creamer, June 03, 1957They even sing songs in praise of the ruler of the Dodger bullpen.
Look! It's The MonsterBy 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 RescueBy Ron Fimrite, August 21, 1972A 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, 1975The 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 UnderBy 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, 1992Red 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, 1992With 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, 1999With 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, 2003Spurning 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, 2009As 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.