Bob Welch: 1956-2014
Los Angeles Dodgers, 1978-1987
Bob Welch began his Major League career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1978, where he pitched until 1987. In this shot, Welch pitches against the Phillies in the 1978 NLCS. LA went on to defeat the Phillies and played the Yankees in the World Series, where the Dodgers fell in six games. Welch was tagged with the loss in Game 4.
On to Oakland
Welch joined the A's in 1988, and pitched in the World Series that year against the Dodgers. Welch was with the A's, but didn't pitch in the 1989 World Series against the Giants. Here, Welch practices his golf swing with teammate Dennis Eckersley and pitching coach Dave Duncan looking on at the Coliseum before Game 1 against San Francisco.
Game 2 win at Fenway
Bob Welch pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, on Sunday, Oct. 7, 1990 at Fenway Park.. Welch got the win, and the A's went on to sweep Boston in four games.
All-Star Game in 1990 (plus 27 wins and Cy)
Bob Welch, left, Dodgers' Mike Scioscia, center, and Yankee Steve Sax, all former Dodgers teammates, enjoy a moment together on Tuesday, July 10, 1990 before the start of the 61st annual All Star game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Welch won the Cy Young Award after winning 27 games that year, the last time a pitcher won 25 or more games in a season.
BP at the 'Stick
Here, Bob Welch squares up to bunt in the cage prior to Game 3 of the 1989 World Series against the Giants at Candlestick Park. In an odd twist of fate, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck before game time postponing the game and the series -- A's manager Tony LaRussa decided to go with Game 1 starter Dave Stewart instead of Welch when Game 3 began a week later. The A's went on to sweep the Giants, and Welch never threw a pitch in the Bay Bridge Series.
Welch throws out first pitch in 2013
Bob Welch warms up before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the American League divisional series playoff game against the Detroit Tigers at O.co Coliseum. Bob Welch died at his home in Seal Beach, CA on June 9, 2014 at the age of 57.