Eastwick in 1980
|Born: October 24, 1950|
Camden, New Jersey
|September 12, 1974, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1981, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Earned run average||3.31|
|Career highlights and awards|
Rawlins Jackson "Rawly" Eastwick (born October 24, 1950), is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Royals, and Chicago Cubs, from 1975 to 1981.
Eastwick was born in Camden, New Jersey, and grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey, where he attended Haddonfield Memorial High School. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the third round of the 1969 amateur draft. In 1973, he made it to the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association and made his major league debut in September 1974 with the Reds. He started back at Indianapolis in 1975 but pitched well and was called up for good. In his rookie season, he tied for the National League lead in saves with 22.
Eastwick is best remembered for his 1975 World Series performance against the Boston Red Sox. He won games 2 and 3 and also earned a save in Game 5 as the Reds won the series in seven. In Game Six, however he gave up a three-run-home run to Bernie Carbo that sent the game into extra inning, which the Red Sox won in twelve innings. In 1976, Eastwick had his best season, going 11-5 in relief with a 2.06 earned run average. He also led the league in saves and won the NL Fireman of the Year award. The Reds won their second consecutive World Series title.
In 1977, Eastwick got into a contract dispute with the Reds' front office and was traded in June, to the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1978, he joined the New York Yankees after signing a five-year, $1.1 million deal. The Yankees then traded him in June to the Philadelphia Phillies, where he spent the next two seasons. Eastwick posted a 4.90 ERA in 1979 and was released. He then pitched for the Kansas City Royals in 1980 and the Chicago Cubs in 1981 before retiring.
- List of Major League Baseball all-time saves leaders
- List of Major League Baseball annual saves leaders