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Dennis Eckersley is a future Baseball Hall-of-Famer. He had a remarkable 24-year career as both a starting pitcher and relief pitcher. Dennis posted a career record of 197-171 in 1,071 appearances. In the history of Major League Baseball among pitchers, only Jesse Orosco has appeared in more games. Dennis also recorded 390 saves, still 3rd all-time in MLB. Eckersley broke into the majors in 1975 with Cleveland, where he spent three seasons. In 1977, he pitched a no-hitter against the Angels. In 1978, his first year with the Red Sox, he went 20-8. In 1979, he had 7 consecutive complete game victories. Since 1946, he is the only Red Sox pitcher to win more than six straight complete games. As a starter, Dennis had 100 complete games in 361 starts, with 20 shutouts. In 1987, Dennis became a relief star with Oakland, and went on to win both the American League Cy Young Award and MVP Award in 1992, when he had 51 saves. He pitched in 6 All-Star games and 7 post-seasons, including 3 World Series.

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