Woodeshick spent most of his career as a relief pitcher and had his best seasons
in that role. After going 5-16 for the expansion Colt .45s (later the Astros) in
1962, mostly as a starter, he was used exclusively out
of the bullpen and had his
three best years. He had a 1.97 ERA in 1963 and a league-leading 23 saves in 1964.
St. Louis acquired him in June 1965 with Chuck Taylor in exchange for Mike Cuellar
and Ron Taylor, but Woodeshick was behind Joe Hoerner and Nellie Briles
in the Cardinals
bullpen and saw less crucial action thereafter. In Game Six of the 1967 World Series
he was the eighth Cardinals pitcher in the game, tying a record.