Possessed of a great curveball and a blinding fastball, the high-kicking Marichal pitched for 14 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, winning 238 games and posting a career ERA of 2.89. Overshadowed early in his career by Sandy Koufax, he won only one ERA title (in 1969) and never won the Cy Young award. Still, he finished in the top five NL ERA leaders four straight times, from 1963 to 1966.
From 1962 through 1971, San Francisco averaged 90 wins per year, with Marichal averaging 20. He led the NL in wins in 1963 (25-8) and 1968 (26-9); in shutouts in 1965 (10) and 1969 (8); and in ERA in 1969 (2.10). A workhorse, he topped the league in innings pitched in 1963 and '68 and in complete games in '64 and '68. Pitching in eight All-Star Games, he compiled a 2-0 record and a 0.50 ERA in 18 innings.
On June 15, 1963, he no-hit Houston 1-0. That July 2, he beat Warren Spahn and the Braves 1-0 in 16 innings, in perhaps the finest pitching duel of all time.
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