Best Spokane Indian Ever Head-to-Head: No. 1 Steve Garvey vs. No - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Best Spokane Indian Ever Head-to-Head: No. 1 Steve Garvey vs. No. 8 Hoyt Wilhelm

Posted:
A knuckleballer vs. 10-time All-Star selection highlights our final matchup before SWX narrows the field to four. A knuckleballer vs. 10-time All-Star selection highlights our final matchup before SWX narrows the field to four.
With the voting in our best-ever Spokane Indian poll heating up, SWX will take a look at the matchups over the next few days to help you make a more educated vote, if not a slanted and biased one based off of local media trying to persuade you to vote for their man! Here is the pairing between seeds No. 1 and No. 8. Make sure you share this with every Indians fan you know as the list will be cut down to four on Monday, June 2.

You can cast your vote for all of the final field of eight herebit.ly/1klQ0MS

No. 1 seed Steve Garvey: The Greatest to Grace Avista Stadium (by Josh Ouellette)

Some may argue the legend Steve Garvey as the No. 1 seed in this contest to find the best-ever Spokane Indian. Some will bemoan the decision to leave off some of his teammates like Maury Wills, Bill Russell and Davey Lopes from that 1970 team that has been called the greatest minor league team ever. But what you can't argue is that Hoyt Wilhelm deserves to advance more than Garvey.

Not only do Garvey's minor league stats jump off the charts--he hit .319 with 71 R, 87 RBI, 26 2B, 15 HR, 13 SB and an OPS of .911--he went on to back it up in a career that few former Indians can even come within the same ballpark. A 10-time All-Star selection, Garvey finished his career as a .294 hitter with 1,143 runs, 1,308 RBI, 272 HR, and an OPS of .775.

Throw in two All-Star game MVP's, two NLCS MVP's (1978, 1984), four Gold Glove's (1974-77), a Roberto Clemente Award, the National League MVP award in 1974 and a World Series title in 1981 with the L.A. Dodgers. His accolades befit the career he put together on and off the field.

Steve Garvey wasn't a player-coach, or a player coming to Spokane in the twilight of his career, he was a 20-year old slugger and five-tool player who was one of the best to ever pass through the Pacific Northwest. He's my vote for the greatest Spokane Indian of all-time. He's my vote for one of the greatest Dodgers of all-time. There are only a few men that I hold in higher or close esteem as a lifetime Dodger fan--Vin Scully, Tommy Lasorda, Wills, Sandy Koufax and Clayton Kershaw round out my top six.

If he joins in with a list of the above named major leaguer's, shouldn't he head up a list for being named the greatest Spokane Indian of all-time? I think so, in your heart-of-hearts you believe it, now do "Mr. Clean" a favor and see him through to the next round.

No. 8 seed Hoyt Wilhelm: Without Wilhelm, there is no Hough (by John Collett)

OK, I know what you’re all thinking. In the history of this tournament, the #8 seed has never beat the No. 1 seed. But then again, the No. 1 seed has never beat the No. 8 seed. My point is throw the seeds out because they don’t matter. Just because Hoyt Wilhelm has a No. 8 by his named doesn't mean he’s not worthy of being the “Greatest Spokane Indian of All-Time”.

So here’s the case for Hoyt Wilhelm.

He’s one of the rare examples for the Indians when a big-leaguer came back down to the minors. He joined the Indians a player-coach and his numbers with Spokane aren’t anything special. He sports an ERA of 3.79, a W-L record of 2-3, and strikeout total of 24. His MLB numbers are much more impressive with a career record of 143-122, a career ERA 2.52, and 1,610 strikeouts.

In addition to that, of all the former Spokane Indians, no one has had an impact on the game like Wilhelm. Wilhelm taught Charlie Hough how to throw the knuckleball. Without Wilhelm, there is no Hough. With that “dancing knuckleball” Hough left the Rangers as the franchise leader in wins, strikeouts, complete games and losses.

It’s a two-for-one deal, something no other candidate offers in this contest. For that, Wilhelm is worthy of your vote.

Voting for this poll has closed! Come back to vote in the semi-final round on Tuesday, June 3, at 9:00 a.m. PDT!
  • Pro

    • Indians fail to complete comeback, fall to Volcanoes, 3-2

      Spokane saw its comeback attempt come up short after Melvin Novoa scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to cut the Salem-Keizer lead to 3-2.

    • Sounders complete historic comeback, beating D.C. United 4-3

      The Seattle Sounders fell into a three-goal deficit, but staged a remarkable second-half comeback that saw them bag four goals in 27 minutes en-route to a 4-3 victory over D.C. United at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday night.

    • Mariners beat Astros, 4-1 and win series

      Paxton (9-3) allowed six hits and one run in seven innings, after not allowing a run in his previous two starts against Houston this season. It's the fourth straight win for Paxton, who struck out seven.

    • Indians beat Volcanoes in walk-off fashion, 2-1

      Isaias Quiroz hit a walk-off single with one out in the ninth inning, as the Spokane Indians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2-1.

    • Mariners snap winning streak after falling to Astros, 6-2

      Evan Gattis homered twice to help the Astros beat the Mariners, 6-2.

    • Sounders prepare for matchup against D.C. United

      The Sounders are 7-2-2 all-time against D.C. United, including a 2-0 victory in their last meeting in June of 2016. Since 2011, the Sounders have shut out D.C. United six consecutive times, posting a 5-0-1 record during that span.

    • Michael Vick: Kaepernick needs a haircut for job search

      LOS ANGELES - Michael Vick has some advice for Colin Kaepernick if he wants another shot in the NFL: Get a haircut. During an appearance Monday on Fox Sports 1's "Speak for Yourself," Vick said the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback needs to lose his Afro or cornrows for a "clean-cut" style in order to get a job.

    • Australian couple travels 10,000 miles to support son playing for Billings Mustangs

      As Jake Turnbull takes the field with the Billings Mustangs this week, both his host family and birth family are in the crowd, but it's safe to say the trip to Dehler Park is quite a bit longer for the Turnbulls.

    • Back-to-back homers in the 10th lifts Mariners past Astros

      HOUSTON (AP) - Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia hit back-to-back homers in the 10th inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 9-7 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night. The wild back and forth game was tied at 7-7 entering the 10th when Seager, who finished with three hits, connected off Tony Sipp (0-1) on a shot to the seats in right field.

    • Cruz leads Mariners to extra-innings comeback win in Chicago

      CHICAGO (AP) -- Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager homered, and the sloppy Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Saturday night for their third straight victory. Seattle committed three errors, and Felix Hernandez (5-3) plunked Jose Abreu twice and threw a wild pitch. But Cruz's two-run shot off Anthony Swarzak (4-3) - just the second homer allowed by the reliever this season - made it 4-3 Mariners in the sixth, and their bullpen shut down the lowly White Sox the rest of the wa...
    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Spokane IndiansSpokane IndiansMore>>

  • Indians fail to complete comeback, fall to Volcanoes, 3-2

    Indians fail to complete comeback, fall to Volcanoes, 3-2

    Indians begin a five-game series against Hops on ThursdayIndians begin a five-game series against Hops on Thursday

    Spokane saw its comeback attempt come up short after Melvin Novoa scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to cut the Salem-Keizer lead to 3-2.

    More >>

    Spokane saw its comeback attempt come up short after Melvin Novoa scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to cut the Salem-Keizer lead to 3-2.

    More >>
  • Indians beat Volcanoes in walk-off fashion, 2-1

    Indians beat Volcanoes in walk-off fashion, 2-1

    Indians will wrap up series with Volcanoes Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.Indians will wrap up series with Volcanoes Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

    Isaias Quiroz hit a walk-off single with one out in the ninth inning, as the Spokane Indians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2-1.

    More >>

    Isaias Quiroz hit a walk-off single with one out in the ninth inning, as the Spokane Indians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2-1.

    More >>
  • Indians drop high-scoring heartbreaker to Volcanoes

    Indians drop high-scoring heartbreaker to Volcanoes

    Photo Courtesy: James Snook-Took By SnookPhoto Courtesy: James Snook-Took By Snook
    by Spokane Indians Spokane, WASH. - 3,931 fans saw a heartbreaker at Avista Stadium, as the Spokane Indians fell to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 10-9 on Sunday for the Daddy Daughter Day Game presented by MultiCare Health System, K-102 Country, and The Splash. The Spokane offense completely dominated early on, scoring in each of the first four innings of the game. Trailing 3-1 heading into the bottom half of the second inning, the Indians tied the game behind an Austin O'Banion RBI si...More >>
    by Spokane Indians Spokane, WASH. - 3,931 fans saw a heartbreaker at Avista Stadium, as the Spokane Indians fell to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 10-9 on Sunday for the Daddy Daughter Day Game presented by MultiCare Health System, K-102 Country, and The Splash. The Spokane offense completely dominated early on, scoring in each of the first four innings of the game. Trailing 3-1 heading into the bottom half of the second inning, the Indians tied the game behind an Austin O'Banion RBI si...More >>