Phil Regan (baseball)

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Phil Regan
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Born: (1937-04-06) April 6, 1937 (age 77)
Otsego, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 19, 1960 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
July 15, 1972 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
Win–Loss record 96–81
Earned run average 3.84
Strikeouts 743
Saves 92
Career highlights and awards

Philip Ramond "the Vulture" Regan (born April 6, 1937 in Otsego, Michigan) is a former professional baseball player who spent 13 years with the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and very briefly, the Chicago White Sox. He made 105 starts in his career, and pitched in 551 games. He attended Wayland Union High School where he earned varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball. The Detroit Tigers signed him out of Western Michigan University in 1956.

Playing career[edit]

Regan was a starting pitcher while the Tigers but transitioned to relief midway through his career. His best season came with the Dodgers in 1966 when he went 14-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 116 innings pitched as a reliever. That year, Regan's knack for earning wins in late-inning relief situations caused Sandy Koufax to nickname him "The Vulture".[1]

In his career, he went 96-81 with a 3.84 ERA and 92 saves. He accumulated 743 strikeouts in 1372 innings pitched.

Coaching career[edit]

In 1973, Regan began his coaching career as the head coach at Grand Valley State University, serving in this capacity until 1982. He began coaching at the major league level in 1983 as a minor league pitching instructor and advance scout for the Seattle Mariners and then served as the Mariners' pitching coach from 1984 to 1986. In 1987, he began a six-year stint with the Dodgers as their major league special assignment and advance scout. Regan then served as pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians during the strike-shortened 1994 season and in 1995 became manager of the Baltimore Orioles, finishing with a record of 71-73. The remainder of his professional coaching career is summarized below:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bisher, Furman (April 1967). "Vulture of the Year". Baseball Digest (Lakeside Publishing Co.) 26 (3): 19–20. ISSN 0005-609X. Retrieved 24 January 2009. 

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