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Rick Sawyer


Inducted February 19, 2004

An East High Bakersfield College product who reached the major leagues as a right- handed pitcher for the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres, where he compiled a 12-9 career record over four seasons. Sawyer beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 in his first big-league start in 1976, then earned a complete-game shutout by beating Tom Seaver and the New York Mets 3-0 in only his third start. He went 5-3 that season with a 2.53ERA, then went 7-6 in 56 games in his final big-league season in 1977, when his career ended as the result of an arm injury. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1968, Sawyer had a 96-60 minor league record, including a Texas League leading 18 wins in 1973. At BC, Sawyer had an 8-2 record as a freshman to earn second-team All-Metro Conference honors. He set the BC single-season record with a 0.81 ERA in 1968 when he was a first-team All-Metro selection.