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Rick Wise

Rick Wise
Born: (1945-09-13) September 13, 1945
Jackson, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1964, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
April 10, 1982, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 188–181
Earned run average 3.69
Strikeouts 1,647
Career highlights and awards

Richard Charles "Rick" Wise (born September 13, 1945) is a former professional baseball pitcher. A right-hander, he played in Major League Baseball for 18 seasons (1964, 1966–82), primarily as a starting pitcher. He was the winning pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, considered by some to be the greatest Series game ever played.[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Phillies 2.1
    • 1972-73: Cardinals and the Carlton trade 2.2
    • Red Sox 2.3
    • Remaining career 2.4
    • Overview 2.5
  • Post-playing career 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Wise grew up in Portland, Oregon and led his Rose City Little League team to the Little League World Series in 1958, making him one of a handful of major league players to have played in both the Little League and Major League World Series.[2] He attended Madison High School in Portland.[3]



Wise was eighteen years of age when he debuted for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1964, his second professional season. His first major league win was in the second game of a doubleheader on June 21, beating the New York Mets 8-2.[4] The first game that day was Jim Bunning's perfect game during that memorable season. Wise was the last of that 1964 Philadelphia Phillies team to be active in the major leagues, pitching 2 innings of relief (7th & 8th innings) against the Los Angeles Dodgers on 10 April 1982.[5] He spent all of 1965 and the early part of 1966 with the Phillies' top minor league affiliate (the Arkansas Travelers in 1965 and the San Diego Padres in 1966) before making the majors for good.

He developed into a solid starter, winning 17 games with a 2.88 earned run average for a sub-.500 Phillies team in 1971. The highlight of Wise's Philadelphia career took place that year on June 23, when he no-hit the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium; only a sixth-inning walk to Dave Concepcion denied Wise what would have been the second perfect game in Phillies history. He also hit two home runs in the same game. Wise, Wes Ferrell (1931), Jim Tobin (1944), and Earl Wilson (1962) are the only no-hit pitchers to hit a home run in the same game. On August 28 against the San Francisco Giants, Wise also hit two home runs. On September 18 against the Chicago Cubs, he completed a string of retiring 32 batters in a row, four shy of Harvey Haddix's Major League record, also driving in the winning run in the 12th inning.

1972-73: Cardinals and the Carlton trade

The following season, Wise became an unwitting participant in one of the most one-sided trades in baseball history. The owner of the St. Louis Cardinals, Gussie Busch, ordered his team to trade its star left-handed pitcher, Steve Carlton, after a contract squabble. Since all of baseball knew of the trade mandate, teams drove very hard bargains, and the Phils' offer of Wise was the best St. Louis could do. Wise won a total of 32 games during his two seasons (1972–73) in St. Louis, but Carlton won 27 for the last-place 1972 Phillies alone and would go on to anchor their starting pitching staff for the next decade, ultimately winning 329 games and a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

At the time, however, the Carlton-Wise deal made some sense from the Cardinals' perspective. At the time, Wise had won 75 games, only two fewer than Carlton. Tim McCarver, who had caught for Carlton in St. Louis and Wise in Philadelphia, said at the time that the trade was "a real good one for a real good one." According to McCarver, Wise had better command on the mound while Carlton had more raw ability.[6] This viewpoint can be confirmed statistically; while Carlton had averaged more career strikeouts per 9 innings at the time, Wise allowed fewer walks and actually had the better career strikeout-to-walk ratio through 1971.

On June 13, 1973, Wise, having already pitched one no-hitter against the Reds, nearly joined Joe Morgan—the only hit Wise would allow.

Red Sox

After the 1973 campaign, Wise was shipped to Boston in the Cy Young and Jim Bunning as pitchers who had hurled no-hitters in both leagues (Nolan Ryan, Hideo Nomo and Randy Johnson have done it since). Wise went on to win his only start in the 1975 ALCS against Oakland, and was the relief pitcher of record in Game 6 when Carlton Fisk ended the 12-inning game with his oft-replayed walk-off home run.

Remaining career

In 1978, Wise was involved in a trade for a future Hall of Famer for the second time in his career. On March 30, during spring training, he was traded by the Boston Red Sox with Ted Cox, Bo Díaz and Mike Paxton to the Cleveland Indians for future Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley and Fred Kendall.

Wise led the AL in losses in 1978 with 19, but again came back to win 15 games for a poor team in 1979. He became a free agent after the season, signing with the San Diego Padres. He played two full seasons with the Padres, and was released after appearing in just one game for them in 1982, ending his playing career.


In an 18-year career, Wise posted a 188-181 record with 1647 strikeouts and a 3.69 ERA in 3127 innings pitched.

Post-playing career

Wise was a coach on the 1991 New Britain Red Sox squad of the Eastern League. New Britain finished dead last, 40 games out of first place with a 47-93 (.336). Wise was the Von Hayes was named the new manager for 2008. After the 2008 season ended, Rick retired from coaching.

See also


  1. ^ "The best World Series games since Fisk". 
  2. ^ "Little League/Major League World Series Players". "Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2007-05-18. 
  3. ^ "Wise Unnoticed Hero of Phillies".  
  4. ^ Wise 1st Major League Win
  5. ^ Padres vs Dodgers, 10 April 1982
  6. ^  

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Rick Wise interviewed at
Preceded by
Ken Holtzman
No-hitter pitcher
June 23, 1971
Succeeded by
Bob Gibson
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