ALPHABETIC LIST OF
THE 50 BRAVES PLAYERS OF THE 1970'S
WHO DIDN'T MAKE MY ORIGINAL
100 FAVORITE PLAYER LIST
#30 STEVE KLINE
ATLANTA BRAVES 1977
I had forgotten Steve Kline ever played for the Braves. I remember him mostly from having his 1971 TOPPS card below.
Steve spent most of his career in the early seventies as a starter, but during his comeback year for the Braves he made all sixteen of his appearances in relief, recording his only career save on July 2, 1977 by pitching a scoreless 13th inning against Houston.
I had to do a double take when I saw Steve's pitching line for his final major league game on July 24, 1977. He didn't get anyone out, but didn't give up a walk, a hit, or balk or allow a runner to reach base on an error. What? He apparently came in with the bases loaded and a 2-0 count on Jim Fregosi. He proceeded to pitch ball three and four to Fregosi and walking in the winning run. The walk was charged to the previous pitcher Eddie Solomon. Stats can be weird sometimes.