Not many pitchers have enjoyed the start that Capilla had breaking into professional
ball. He struck out the first 21 batters he faced as a professional hurler while
at Great Falls (Pioneer League). The Hawaiian was originally signed by San Francisco
as an outfielder. The Cardinals drafted him from the Giants in 1973. At times he
showed signs of being a standout, but
he had control problems during his career.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 15, 1977:
The Reds keep trading today, sending P Gary Nolan to the Angels for INF Craig Henderson. Cincy also swaps P Rawly Eastwick to the Cardinals for P Doug Capilla. Then, a fine trade for the Brewers, Milwaukee snag P Mike Caldwell from the Reds for P Dick O'Keeffe and infielder Garry Pyka. Caldwell has had trouble regaining his form following arm surgery, but in 1978 he will be the American League's comeback player of the year. In a final deal, the Reds acquire infielder Rick Auerbach from the Texas Rangers.
»August 9, 1977:
Reds pitchers Doug Capilla and Pedro Borbon combine on a one-hitter, stopping the Dodgers, 4–0. The only LA hit is Ron Cey's infield single to SS with two out in the 7th. Cey is called safe on a close and disputed play at 1B. Capilla is lifted with two on in the 8th.