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Cumberland, John (1971)

Johnny C of the San Francisco Giants said the induction to the Maine Baseball HOF was "the perfect climax to my biggest year". The Paper city (aka Westbrook) southpaw was honored by some 200 at the annual dinner, and he was exceptionally pleased with the turnout as it gave him a chance to personally thank all his friends and fans for the support given hi this past season. "Especially does that include my parents, and it certainly is good to be back in Maine" . Johnny introduced his wife Pat, and paid tribute to the high school and legion ball coaches Mickey Dolan, Luther Small, and Joe Morse. He had fellow Paper city well wishers Gene Hebert, Roland Chamard, Ovide Caron, Billy Hamilton and Bunky Buotte there to cheer him on as well. Johnny C received a telegram from Jeff Jones, New England scout who signed him for the St Louis Cardinals organization in 1966 and said he'd make it to the top in 5 years. He went from the cards to the Yankees in '68 and wound up with the Giants in 1970 . The shift worked wonders for him and the Giants, they lost division honors in the last couple days in '71 with Willie Mays and Juan Marichael as teammates .

From wiki .

He played one season of college baseball at Maine in 1966.

Batted: Right Threw: Left MLB debut September 27, 1968, for the New York Yankees

Last MLB appearance July 27, 1974, for the California Angels

MLB statistics

Win–loss record 15–16 Strikeouts 137 Earned Run Average 3.82

From Topps

Cumberland pitched four innings for the Yankees over those two appearances, allowing two earned runs on three hits and four walks, not factoring in a decision.

The previous season he had his first taste of the Big Leagues, pitching in one game at the end of the year, throwing two innings and allowing two earned runs.

In 1970 he would be traded to the San Francisco Giants for veteran pitcher Mike McCormick, where he would have his best season as a Major Leaguer in 1971, going 9-5 with a nice .292 ERA over 45 appearances and 185 innings of work, including two shutouts.

However he would find himself struggling in 1972, going 1-5 with a bloated 7.71 ERA in 23 games, finding himself with the St. Louis Cardinals by season’s end, then spending all of 1973 in the Minor Leagues before making it back in 1974 with the California Angels where he appeared in the final 17 games of his 6-year career, going 0-1 with a 3.74 ERA over 21.2 innings pitched.

All told, he finished his playing career with a record of 15-16, with a 3.82 earned run average over 110 appearances and 334.1 innings pitched, with two shutouts and two saves.

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