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Tall of Fame
Tom Verducci
August 13, 2001
The roll call of great tall pitchers is, in a word, short. Only one pitcher 6'6" or taller has been enshrined in the Hall of Fame: Don Drysdale. To honor the best of those who stood tall on the mound as well as everywhere else, here are the 10 best pitchers 6'6" and taller.
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August 13, 2001

Tall Of Fame

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The roll call of great tall pitchers is, in a word, short. Only one pitcher 6'6" or taller has been enshrined in the Hall of Fame: Don Drysdale. To honor the best of those who stood tall on the mound as well as everywhere else, here are the 10 best pitchers 6'6" and taller.

1. RANDY JOHNSON (6'10"). Start casting another plaque. A .659 lifetime winning percentage (193-100), six strikeout titles and three Cy Young Awards have the Diamondbacks lefthander Cooperstown-bound.

2. DON DRYSDALE (6'6"). The righthander won a Tall Guy-record 209 games and averaged 272 innings from 1957 through '68.

3. J.R. RICHARD (6'8"). Opponents batted .212 against the righthanded flamethrower during his injury-shortened 10-year career (1971 to '80). He struck out 300 batters in back-to-back seasons and had a .601 winning percentage (107-71).

4. CHUCK FINLEY (6'6"). In the Tall Guy fraternity only Johnson and Drysdale have more strikeouts, and only Drysdale has more innings. The Indians lefthander has won 15 or more games seven times and 185 in his career.

5. JOHN CANDELARIA (6'7"). The Candy Man was 177-122 with a 3.33 ERA for seven teams over 19 seasons, beginning in 1975. The southpaw won 20 games and the National League ERA title (2.34) for the 77 Pirates.

6. RICK SUTCLIFFE (6'7"). While winning 171 games from 1976 through '94, the righthander led his league in ERA (2.96 in '82), winning percentage (.941, in his 16-1 Cy Young season for the '84 Cubs) and wins (18 in '87).

7. BOB VEALE (6'6"). The lefty was a fixture in the Pittsburgh rotation from 1964 through '70, winning one strikeout title and finishing with a career record of 120-95.

8. ANDY BENES (6'6"). A workhorse with a 149-134 lifetime record, the Cardinals righthander has 10 seasons with 10 or more wins, though only one with more than 15.

9. RON REED (6'6"). The Andy Benes of his day, only with an NBA career ( Detroit Pistons) on the side. Over 19 seasons, beginning in 1966, the righthander won more than 13 games only once in a 146-140 career.

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