Dave Goltz

The 6’4″ Goltz, the first native Minnesotan originally signed by the Twins to reach their major league roster, was throwing in his parents’ backyard when he was discovered by a Twins scout in 1966. In his eight years with the Twins, Goltz became the fourth winningest pitcher in club history, never having a losing season. His ascent to the majors was thwarted by arm trouble and a stint in Vietnam. He rebounded for a combined 14-3 mark and a seven-inning no-hitter for Lynchburg (Carolina League) in 1971, his last full minor league season. Though a notoriously slow starter (he didn’t win a game in April until 1979), he won 14 or more games five straight times (1975-79) for Minnesota. He peaked at 20-11 in 1977, tying for the AL lead in victories and starts, and one-hitting the powerful Red Sox on August 23.

Goltz opted for free agency and signed a six-year, multimillion contract with the Dodgers for 1980. He shut out the Giants twice that April, then struggled. Los Angeles released him in May 1982. He managed an 8-5 comeback with the ’82 division champion Angels, but was finished by a torn rotator cuff in 1983.