Happy 80th Birthday to the Vulture, Phil Regan

Phil Regan pitched out of the Dodgers bullpen from 1966 until he was traded to the Cubs in April 1968. But his 1966 season remains one for the books. In 1966, Regan came out of the Dodgers bullpen 65 times, going 14-1 with an NL leading 21 saves. He had a 1.62 ERA and held the opposition to a .143 BAA. Regan did not lose after May 13 and won 13 straight games, a Dodger record.

In eight of those wins, Regan entered a tie game; and four times he came in when the Dodgers were trailing. Only twice did he earn a win after blowing a lead, each time surrendering a one-run lead by allowing an inherited run to score.

Regan was given the nickname “The Vulture” by teammate Sandy Koufax in honoring Regan’s uncanny ability to pick up a win. It was Sandy’s final season and he unanimously won the Cy Young Award. Sandy also finished second to Roberto Clemente in NL MVP balloting with Regan finishing seventh.

Phil also led the NL with 25 saves in 1968.

Happy 80th Birthday to the Vulture, Phil Regan