Charlie Hough Autographed Hand Signed Texas Rangers Baseball Card. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
Hough became a top reliever for the Dodgers from 1973 until he was sold to the Texas Rangers in 1980. With the Dodgers, he was one of the pitchers who served up one of the three home runs that New York Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson hit on three straight pitches in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series.
He was converted into a starting pitcher in Texas, where he pitched from 1980–1990, making his only All-Star team in 1986. He left Texas as the franchise leader in wins, strikeouts, complete games and losses. He was famous for his "dancing knuckleball" pitch that he threw around 80% of the time. Hough complemented his knuckleball with a fastball and slider. Hough additionally was well known for throwing a large number of complete games each season and led the league in 1984 with 17.
He pitched for the Chicago White Sox from 1991–1992, where, at 43 years old, he found himself pitching to 43-year-old Carlton Fisk.
He joined the expansion Florida Marlins for the 1993 season and was the first starting pitcher in the team's history. He retired at age 46 after the 1994 season. He was the last active player to have been born in the 1940s.
During a 25-season career, Hough compiled 216 wins, 2,362 strikeouts and a 3.75 earned run average. His 216 wins ranks 82nd all-time on the all-time win list, tied with Wilbur Cooper and Curt Schilling.