In 1954 Grim became the first Yankee rookie since Russ Ford in 1910 to win 20 games.
He won a league-leading eight in relief to compile the only 20-win season ever of
fewer than 200 innings (199). Coupled with his blazing fastball was a biting slider
which damaged his arm and reduced his ability in subsequent years. In the 1955 WS
he saved Game One, but in Game Five he gave up three Dodger homers to lose his only
Grim's arm troubles forced him solely into relief by 1957, when he led
AL relievers with 12 wins, eight losses, and 19 saves. In Game Four of the '57 WS,
he relieved Tommy Byrne in the bottom of the tenth after Byrne had hit Milwaukee's
Nippy Jones with a pitch. Grim surrendered a double that tied the game, and then
gave up a home run to Eddie Mathews. Grim was generally mediocre after
York in 1958.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 18, 1955:
At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle's 8th inning grand slam off Mike Fornieles powers the Yankees past the White Sox, 11–6. In the play before Mantle's blast, a grounder was ruled a dead ball after Hank Bauer interfered with Nellie Fox at 2nd, leaving the sacks jammed. The Sox lose Minnie Minoso for two weeks with a hairline fracture of the skull after he is hit by a pitch from Bob Grim.
»September 28, 1985: Cincinnati's Tom Browning becomes the first rookie since Bob Grim in 1954 to win 20 games, raising his record to 20–9 with a 5–2 win over Houston. He is the first Reds pitcher to win 20 since Jim Merritt in 1970.
»October 2, 1990: Oakland's Bob Welch wins his 27th game of the year, beating California, 6–4. The two Hendersons -- Dave Henderson and Rickey Henderson —- score five runs. Welch wins his 27 in just 238 innings, a ML-record average of one win per nine innings, the only pitcher to do so. Welch had no wins out of the bullpen (as noted by Bill Deane), unlike Bob Grim, who won 20 games in 1954 in 199 IP.