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Full Name: Ronald Ames Guidry Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 5' 11"/161 First Game: July 27, 1975
Birthdate: August 28, 1950 Final Game: September 27, 1988
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana MLB Experience: 14 years
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Ronald Ames Guidry ("Louisiana Lightning" and "Gator") (born August 28, 1950 in Lafayette, Louisiana) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He played fourteen seasons for the New York Yankees between 1975 and 1988. After the 2005 season, Guidry was named pitching coach for the Yankees, beginning with the 2006 season.

Guidry began his career pitching briefly in the 1975 and 1976 seasons. In 1977, he began as a relief pitcher but was moved into the starting rotation. He helped lead the New York Yankees to a World Series championship. He was 2-0, allowing only 5 earned runs in 20 innings pitched in the 1977 ALCS and 1977 World Series combined.

In 1978, he had a career year, one that he would never quite manage to equal. On June 17, he struck out a Yankee record 18 batters in a single game against the California Angels. Guidry's 18 strikeout game ushered in the Yankee Stadium tradition of fans standing and clapping for a strikeout with 2 strikes on the visiting batter. Guidry went 25-3, with 9 shutouts, 248 strikeouts, and a sparkling 1.74 ERA, guaranteeing himself the American League Cy Young Award. Guidry also finished second in American League Most Valuable Player voting to Boston Red Sox slugger Jim Rice. Guidry's 25th win of the regular season was his most significant, as he was the winning pitcher in the Yankees' 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox in the one-game playoff to decide the AL East division winner. The Yankees again won the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers. No American League pitcher posted an ERA this low again until Pedro Martinez in 2000.

Over the next seven seasons he amassed a stellar 113-57 win-loss record. Guidry also won the Gold Glove Award five straight times (1982–86). However, arm problems that began in 1981 finally began dramatically affecting his performance. He retired from baseball on July 12, 1989, after shoulder surgery did not improve his performance.

As well as winning the 1978 Cy Young Award, Guidry was named The Sporting News AL Pitcher and Major League Player of the Year. Guidry was named Lefthanded Pitcher on The Sporting News AL All-Star Teams in 1978, 1981, 1983 & 1985. Guidry also finished in the top 10 in the American League Cy Young voting 6 times (1977-'79, 1981, 1983 & 1985) over a 9 year span.

Guidry served as co-captain of the Yankees along with Willie Randolph from March 4, 1986 until July 12, 1989.

His number 49 was retired on 'Ron Guidry Day', August 23, 2003. The Yankees also dedicated a plaque to hang in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. The plaque calls Guidry "A dominating pitcher and a respected leader" and "A true Yankee." Each living Yankee previously so honored was on hand for the ceremony: Phil Rizzuto, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson and Don Mattingly.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1975 NY A 10 1 0 1 3.45 15 6 6 0 0 0 15.2 15 0 9 0 1 1
1976 NY A 7 0 0 0 5.62 12 12 10 0 0 0 16 20 1 4 0 0 0
1977 NY A 31 25 16 7 2.82 176 72 66 9 5 1 210.2 174 12 65 2 6 0
1978 NY A 35 35 25 3 1.74 248 61 53 16 9 0 273.2 187 13 72 1 7 1
1979 NY A 33 30 18 8 2.78 201 83 73 15 2 2 236.1 203 20 71 0 9 0
1980 NY A 37 29 17 10 3.56 166 97 87 5 3 1 219.2 215 19 80 1 5 1
1981 NY A 23 21 11 5 2.76 104 41 39 0 0 0 127 100 12 26 0 6 1
1982 NY A 34 33 14 8 3.81 162 104 94 6 1 0 222 216 22 69 3 6 1
1983 NY A 31 31 21 9 3.42 156 99 95 21 3 0 250.1 232 26 60 3 4 2
1984 NY A 29 28 10 11 4.51 127 102 98 5 1 0 195.2 223 24 44 3 1 2
1985 NY A 34 33 22 6 3.27 143 104 94 11 2 0 259 243 28 42 3 3 0
1986 NY A 30 30 9 12 3.98 140 94 85 5 0 0 192.1 202 28 38 2 3 1
1987 NY A 22 17 5 8 3.67 96 50 48 2 0 0 117.2 111 14 38 3 3 1
1988 NY A 12 10 2 3 4.18 32 28 26 0 0 0 56 57 7 15 3 2 2
Total 368 323 170 91 3.29 1778 953 874 95 26 4 2392 2198 226 633 24 56 13

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1975 NY A P 10 1 15.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
1976 NY A P 7 0 16 0 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1.000
1977 NY A P 31 25 210.2 7 27 1 2 0 0 7 10 0 .971
1978 NY A P 35 35 273.2 14 44 2 1 0 3 9 14 2 .967
1979 NY A CF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1979 NY A OF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1979 NY A P 33 30 236.1 11 29 1 1 0 1 6 14 5 .976
1980 NY A P 37 29 219.2 16 36 2 4 0 1 5 13 6 .963
1981 NY A P 23 21 127 13 17 0 1 0 1 5 3 1 1.000
1982 NY A P 34 33 222 7 19 0 1 0 1 12 8 1 1.000
1983 NY A CF 1 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1983 NY A OF 1 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1983 NY A P 31 31 250.1 9 33 0 2 0 1 19 10 4 1.000
1984 NY A P 29 28 195.2 8 24 0 3 0 0 12 10 1 1.000
1985 NY A P 34 33 259 6 34 1 3 0 1 7 10 0 .976
1986 NY A P 30 30 192.1 9 21 1 0 0 2 18 7 1 .968
1987 NY A P 22 17 117.2 4 14 0 1 0 3 14 4 1 1.000
1988 NY A P 12 10 56 3 5 0 0 0 0 6 2 1 1.000
Total P 368 323 2392 107 307 8 19 0 15 121 107 23 .981
Total CF 2 0 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total OF 2 0 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1975 NY A 11 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 NY A 7 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977 NY A 36 0 3 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 NY A 37 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979 NY A 34 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980 NY A 37 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981 NY A 23 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982 NY A 34 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1983 NY A 32 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1984 NY A 30 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985 NY A 34 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 NY A 30 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1987 NY A 22 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 NY A 13 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 380 0 4 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Transactions

  • Selected by New York Yankees in the 3rd round of the free-agent draft (June 8, 1971).
  • Granted free agency (November 13, 1981).
  • Signed by New York Yankees (December 15, 1981).
  • Granted free agency (November 12, 1986).
  • Signed by New York Yankees (May 1, 1987).
  • Granted free agency (December 20, 1988).

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