Journeyman Walk found his niche as elder statesman on a young Pittsburgh pitching
staff. The fierce competitor's 1980 rookie season at Philadelphia included 11 regular season wins and a victory in Game One of the World Series
. Traded to the Braves, he bounced
between Atlanta and Richmond (International League
). Released in March 1984, he signed
a Triple-A contract for Pittsburgh, led the Pacific Coast League
in ERA in 1984,
and earned a promotion, only to hurt his right elbow and miss the season's final
two months. The native Californian led the Pacific Coast League
in ERA and wins in
1985 and earned a trip back to the majors.
He was an All-Star in in 1988 when he won 12 games with a 2.71 ERA. Walk later served as a reliable starter and swingman for the Pirates' teams that won three straight NL East titles from 1990-1992, and tossed a complete game three-hitter in Game Five of the 1992 NLCS vs. Atlanta.