Will McEnaney

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Will McEnaney
Born: (1952-02-14) February 14, 1952 (age 64)
Springfield, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
July 3, 1974, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1979, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 12–17
Earned run average 3.76
Strikeouts 148
Career highlights and awards

William Henry McEnaney (February 14, 1952 in Springfield, Ohio) is a former professional baseball player. He was a left-handed pitcher over parts of six seasons in Major League Baseball (1974–79) with the Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.

McEnaney was one of five children of William and Eleanor (Grieb) McEnaney[1] and attended Springfield North High School in Springfield, Ohio. He was drafted by the Reds in the eighth round of the 1970 amateur draft.[2] He made his Major League debut at age 22 on July 3, 1974 in relief of starter Clay Carroll in a 4–1 Reds loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Riverfront Stadium. McEnaney's first-ever inning was a 1–2–3 one as he induced popouts from Tommy John, Davey Lopes and Bill Buckner, and for the game he pitched two scoreless innings.[3] In his rookie season, he pitched 24 games, with a 2–1 record and a 4.44 earned run average.

McEnaney was a key member of the bullpen of the 1975 and 1976 World Series champions Big Red Machine. In 1975, he posted a 5–2 record with a 2.47 ERA and 15 saves in 70 pitching appearances, but he is best known for his performance in the Series, in which he pitched five games (6.2 innings) in relief with a 2.70 ERA and one save,[4] moreover for his exploits in the deciding Game 7.

Entering in the bottom of the ninth inning, with the Reds clinging to a 4–3 lead over the Boston Red Sox, McEnaney got Juan Beníquez to fly out followed by a Bob Montgomery groundout. He then sealed the World Series title and became part of an iconic Reds moment as he induced Carl Yastrzemski to hit a flyball to centerfield, which was grabbed by César Gerónimo, followed by McEnaney's teammates swarming him and celebrating around the pitcher's mound.[5][6]

In 1976 he fell to 2–6 with a 4.85 ERA in 55 games. But he again excelled in the World Series, pitching 4.2 scoreless innings in two games and earning two saves.[7] And, just as in the previous World Series, he closed out the series with a 1–2–3 ninth inning, only this time it was for a four-game sweep over the New York Yankees.[8]

In December 1976 he was traded to the Expos, for whom in 1977 he pitched 69 games with a 3–5 record and a 3.95 ERA. He was then traded to the Pirates shortly before the 1978 season and pitched only six games with a 10.38 ERA. Released by the Pirates, he played for the Cardinals in 1979. In that season he pitched in 25 games with an 0–3 record and a fine 2.95 ERA, but it was his final season in the majors as the Cardinals released him just prior to the 1980 season.[9] For his Major League career he compiled 12–17 record with a 3.76 earned run average and 148 strikeouts in 269 appearances, all as a relief pitcher.

Besides, McEnaney played in Mexico with the Águilas de Mexicali and the Plataneros de Tabasco, as well as for the West Palm Beach Tropics of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. In 1980, while pitching for Mexicali, McEnaney hurled a 1–0 no-hitter against the Algodoneros de Guasave.[10]

McEnaney lives in Florida with his second wife, Cindy, and they have two grown sons. He also has a daughter from his first marriage. (Lynne Magaw Married 11/10/1973 at St. Bernards, Springfield, Ohio) [11] After baseball, he has been an investment banker, had a painting business, later a bathtub refinishing business for 12 years and was most recently a salesman at Dick's Sporting Goods while working evenings as the scoreboard operator for the Miami Marlins minor league affiliate Jupiter Hammerheads.[12]


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