Langford, who had tied for the AL lead with 19 losses in 1977, had his first of two winning seasons when Billy Martin arrived in Oakland in 1980. Langford went 19-12 that year with league highs of 290 innings pitched and 28 complete games – 22 of them consecutive, setting an A’s record. In 1981 he again led the AL in complete games (18) and won the clincher in the AL Western Division playoffs. He was a fast-working finesse pitcher and an excellent fielder; his first major league error (10/2/80) broke a streak of 230 consecutive chances accepted – an AL record for pitchers. When he developed elbow trouble in 1983 after leading the A’s in innings and complete games a fourth straight year, many – but not Langford – blamed Martin for having overworked his starters. Langford struggled to come back through the last four years of a six-year contract and went 1-10 (7.36) in a final try in 1986.