OF-DH-RHP 1962, 69, 71-77 Angels, Dodgers, Twins , Brewers, Red Sox, Cubs
Darwin signed with the Angels as a pitcher in 1962. That year with San Jose (California
League) he struck out 202 and walked 149 in 153 innings. His control problems and
disabling injuries contributed to his gradual switch to the outfield starting in
The Twins made Darwin their regular centerfielder in 1972, and although he
showed good power over the next three seasons (22, 18, and 25 HR), he led the AL
in strikeouts each year (145, 137, 127) and had fewer fielding chances than any other
centerfielder. In 1974 he tied for fourth in HR and was fifth in RBI (94). Traded
to Milwaukee in 1975 while hitting .219, he was never again a regular, and he finished
his career with more strikeouts than hits.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» June 27, 1973: David Clyde, 18 and fresh out of Houston's Westchester High School, makes his eagerly awaited debut with the Rangers, before 35,698, the largest Rangers' crowd of the year. Clyde, the number one pick in the draft, walks the first two Twins he faces, then gets Bob Darwin, George Mitterwald, and Joe Lis on swinging 3rd strikes. Clyde goes five innings and gives up only one hit -- a 2-run home run -- walks seven and strikes out 8. He is the winner 4–3. |
» June 30, 1975:
The Brewers whip the Yanks, 5–4, by scoring two runs in the bottom of the 9th. Bobby Darwin's 8th homer of the year is the big blow. Bill Travers (4-0) takes the win. Milwaukee, winners of 15 out of their last 21, is in 3rd place in the East.
» June 3, 1976: The Red Sox send Bernie Carbo to Milwaukee in exchange for P Tom Murphy and OF Bobby Darwin.
» May 17, 1977: The Cubs hit seven home runs and wallop the Padres 23–6. Three of the home runs are consecutive shots in the 5th by Larry Biittner, Jerry Morales, and Bobby Murcer. With a lead of 22–2, starter Bill Bonham is yanked after six frames and Ramon Hernandez finishes, allowing up four earned runs in three innings. But he 'earns' his first and only save as a Cub. He goes from Cubman to Hubman in 11 days when Chicago swaps him for Boston's Bobby Darwin.