Not The Best But The Quirkest Number 99

Posted: 22nd September 2009 by Scott Eisenlohr in MLB
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Mitch Williams was probably not the best number 99, but had the most personality, and personally, is my favorite number 99. All apologies to the most talented number 99, hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky. Williams, a closer by trade, pitched for six major league teams, including the Cubs and Phillies. Former Cubs teammate and friend Mark Grace said that Williams pitched "like his hair was on fire." It didn't hurt that he had a fast ball in the low 90s. It was not always accurate, however. Early in his career his number was 28, but he changed it to 99. In his career, Williams saved 192 games from 1986 to 1997. His best year, by far, was the 1993 year with the Philadelphia Phillies. Williams saved 43 games that year, with a 3-7 record and a 3.34 ERA. He caused indigestion to players and fans a ...

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