Sunday, August 25, 2013
Unknown Heroes Before My Time Pt. 10: Bill Campbell
Bill Campbell was the first high-profile free agent contract the Red Sox signed. He had previously been a highly successful reliever for the Twins and had won the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year award in 1976. In 1977 he went to the Red Sox on a five-year contract, a shocking contract at the time, and too many years for a reliever now.
Unfortunately that was pretty much it for Campbell as an elite reliever. In 1978 he was decent, going 7-5 with a 3.91 ERA but only saved four, pitching in just 50.1 innings. In 1979 he saved nine and was 3-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 54.2 innings. 1980 saw his ERA rise again to 4.79 and he did not notch a single save. 1981 was his last season in Boston and his numbers improved somewhat as he saved seven and had a 3.17 ERA.