January 27, 1968 |
|June 29, 1991, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 20, 2001, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Earned run average||4.43|
Major league career
He made his major league debut for the Tigers in 1991, and was used as both a starter and reliever. Meacham had the most relief wins in the AL in 1992 with 10. During the remainder of his major league career, he was used almost exclusively in relief, with the exception of five starts in 1996 while he was with the Seattle Mariners.
After his MLB career ended in 2001, Meacham continued to pitch in independent leagues for several years. Meacham was a player in the Golden Baseball League playing for the Yuma Scorpions for 2 seasons. Meacham then retired and became their 1st base coach for 1 year then he left Yuma to be the pitching coach for the Vermont Lake Monsters. He was released right after the 2008 season, even though he helped the Lake Monsters to one of the lowest ERA's of the league. He returned to pitch in one game for the GBL's Tijuana Cimarrones in 2010.
Meacham has two young sons, Russell Loren Meacham, who is currently attending college and majoring in Business and Reese Levi Meacham, who is currently attending high school.
Rusty collaborated on a baseball instruction book/DVD which became available in June 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)