Phoebus was one of the Baby Birds, the group of young pitchers who came out of the
Orioles' system in the mid-1960s. He pitched shutouts in his first two ML starts,
September 15 and 20, 1966 (only the fourth AL pitcher ever to accomplish this feat)
to help the Orioles win a World Championship. He was named TSN's AL Rookie
Pitcher of the Year in 1967, going 14-9 with a 3.33 ERA, and in 1968 he pitched a
no-hitter against the Red Sox on April 27. He had his(.-h)h)h)best record in 1969,
going 14-7, 3.52. Used less in 1970, he did win Game Two of the World Series in relief.
He went to San Diego in the deal that brought Pat Dobson to Baltimore that December,
and went 3-11 with the last-place Padres in 1971, while Dobson became one of the
Orioles' four 20-game winners.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 15, 1966: Tom Phoebus of Baltimore begins his ML career with a 2–0 shutout of the Angels.
»September 20, 1966: Orioles P Tom Phoebus hurls his 2nd straight shutout in his 2nd ML game, blanking the A's 4–0 in Kansas City. Karl Spooner was the last rookie to start with two shutouts.