One of the hardest throwers in the majors in an era dominated by fireballers, Veale
led the NL in strikeouts in 1964 and finished second in 1965 and third in 1966. He
struck out 16 Phillies in a 9-inning game (6/1/1965) and 16 Reds in 12 innings (9/30/1964).
His lifetime ratio of 7.96 strikeouts per nine innings ranks fifth all-time (1,500-plus
innings). But he also led four times in bases on balls, tying the modern record,
and walked 90 or more every year he was in the rotation (1964-70). He won 67 games
in his first four full seasons (1964-67), with seven shutouts in 1965. But three
losing seasons followed and he was moved to the bullpen in 1971. He went 6-0 as Pittsburgh
won the 1971 World Championship, but he posted a 7.04 ERA. Sold to Boston in September
1972, he was the number two man out of their bullpen in 1973, saving 11 games in
his last good season.