An All-American outfielder when the Blue Jays selected him the 1978 amateur draft, Dave Stieb would evolve into the most successful pitcher in franchise history. With his focus solely on the mound, Stieb rocketed through the Jays system and made his big league debut on June 29, 1979.
After winning 17 games and setting club records by tossing 288.1 innings, 19 complete games and five shutouts, Stieb was named The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year in 1982. The intense righty would top the American League in innings (267) again in 1984, en route to a 16-8 season. Embracing his role as ace on the Jays’ first division-winning squad in 1985, Stieb topped the American League with 2.48 ERA and started three games in the American League Championship Series. He would follow that up with three more seasons of 15 or more wins.
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