Wayne Simpson

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Wayne Simpson
Born: (1948-12-02) December 2, 1948 (age 65)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1970 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1977 for the California Angels
Career statistics
Win-loss record 36-31
Earned run average 4.37
Strikeouts 353

Wayne Kirby Simpson (December 2, 1948 in Los Angeles, California), is a former professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1970-1977. He played for the Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, and California Angels. Hank Aaron got his 3,000th career hit off Simpson.

In his first season, Simpson started the year by winning 13 of his first 14 decisions (the loss came when a dropped pop fly allowed two unearned runs), including a one-hitter, a two-hitter, and a three-hitter, and was selected for the 1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Simpson finished the 1970 season with a 14-3 record and a 3.02 Earned Run Average. He had 14 wins by July 26, but arm miseries, due to ligament damage, limited him to a pair of appearances after that. The Cincinnati Reds made it to the World Series in 1970, but Simpson didn't pitch in the postseason. Simpson pitched another seven seasons, but was never as effective as he was as a rookie.

Simpson has the highest Game Score (85) in Reds history for a pitching debut, April 9, 1970.[1]


  1. ^ Best Reds Debuts for Starters - Baseball-Reference PI

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