Born: Feb 20, 1959
Bill Gullickson was one of the National League's best young hurlers in the early 1980s. A mid-career slump sent him overseas to play in Japan, but he re-emerged as a 20-game winner in the American League.
As a 21-year-old rookie with Montreal in 1980, Gullickson struck out 18 Cubs on September 10 - a still-standing Expos record, and an NL rookie mark until Kerry Woods broke it in 1998. Gullickson finished the year 10-5 and was the NL Rookie of the Year runner-up.
After winning seven games in the strike-shortened 1981 season (plus a 1-2 post-season mark), Gullickson earned double-digit victories in each of the next six seasons with the Expos and Reds. But he also threw over 200 innings in each of those seasons except 1985, when he tossed 181-2/3 innings. Ineffective with the Reds and Yankees in 1987, Gullickson opted to cross the Pacific, where he pitched for the next two seasons.
Gullickson returned with the Houston Astros in 1990, going 10-14 and prompting most observers to believe that his sabbatical hadn't halted his career slide. But a year later with the Detroit Tigers, Gullickson tied for the AL lead with 20 wins. He showed it wasn't a fluke in the two subsequent seasons, putting up 14 and 13 wins, respectively. Gullickson's career ended with the 1994 strike, which halted a season in which he posted a career-worst 5.93 ERA.