Moose Gets a Call from the Hall

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Mike Mussina, ’91, becomes the first former Cardinal player ever inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 21. 

A member of Stanford’s 1988 team that won the College World Series, Mussina pitched 18 seasons in the major leagues for the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees.

No sport loves stats more than baseball, so here are a few numbers to sum up “Moose.”

270 wins, placing him 33rd in Major League Baseball history.

2,813 strikeouts, ranking him 20th of all time.

perfect games. But he came close three times, including in 2001 when he retired the first 26 hitters he faced and had two strikes on outfielder Carl Everett, who blooped a single into short left field to ruin the perfecto.

Gold Gloves, awarded by American League managers and coaches to the top defensive player at each position.

$144 million career earnings. Guess that economics degree worked out OK.

2.54 earned run average in what was arguably Mussina's best major league season—his first, at age 23.

Photo of Mussina on the mound for Stanford.BACK IN THE DAY: Mussina on the mound for the Cardinal (Photo: Stanford Athletics)

20 wins during the other contender for best season: his last. At age 39, Mussina became the oldest pitcher to reach the 20-win mark for the first time.

documentary about crossword puzzles. Mussina appeared along with dozens of other devotees in the 2006 movie Wordplay, featuring New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz.

19-7 win-loss record for last year's Montoursville (Pa.) Warriors, the hometown high school basketball team for which Mussina serves as head coach.


Kevin Cool is the executive editor of StanfordEmail him at kevincool@stanford.edu.