"There were eight kids in my family, and I was the only one my father was permitted
to name, so I guess he figured he'd make up for the situation." That is how Cal McLish
explains his long string of given names. He went right from American Legion ball
to the Dodgers at age 18 in talent-scarce 1944, but didn't spent a full season in
the majors until 1951. Four years in the Pacific Coast League
followed before he
found success with the Indians; he went 16-8 in 1958, and 19-8 in 1959. He had a
nigsource.htmarish outing on May 21, 1957 at Boston: in one inning, he walked Jackie Jensen
and allowed home runs to Gene Mauch, Ted Williams
, Dick Gernert
, and Frank Malzone.
A lifelong friend of Mauch, McLish broke in with him in 1944, pitched for him in
Philadelphia until arm trouble hit in 1964, and was Mauch's pitching coach on the
Phillies (1965-66) and Expos (1969-75).