Back when complete games were expected
I remember back in the 60's when a pitcher was regularly taken out by the 7th. or 8th. inning people would say, 'he is ok but he can't finish most of the time'.
Now if a pitcher goes 7 or 8 all the time he is a stud and if he goes 9 it makes Baseball Tonight headlines and fans are jumping up and down. It used to be expected. Some complete game totals for some great pitchers.
Steve Carlton 254
Don Drysdale 167
Bob Gibson 255
Whitey Ford 156
Noln Ryan 222
That is 1054 complete games by five pitchers!
I am sure someone can come along and explain how those guys really stunk and would not even be playing on any of todays teams and how much better today's athletes are. Not to mention they pitched against players who would not bat .125 if they played today. lol
"Well, that kind of puts a damper on even a Yankee win."
-- Yankees announcer Phil Rizzuto after reading a bulletin that Pope Paul VI had died