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Retired Pitcher, Boston Red Sox

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Baseball great, Luis Tiant was born Luis Clemente Tiant Vega on November 23, 1940? in Marianao, Cuba. Luis Tiant is a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cleveland Indians (1964-1969), Minnesota Twins (1970), Boston Red Sox (1971-1978), New York Yankees (1979-80), Pittsburgh Pirates (1981) and California Angels (1982).

"If a man put a gun to my head and said I'm going to pull the trigger if you lose this game, I'd want Luis Tiant to pitch that game," said Former Red Sox manager Darrell Johnson.

"He's always given me tips on how to do things, how to make things easier. Every day you can learn from a pitcher like him," said Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martínez.

Luis Tiant made his debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1964, beating the Yankees. His father had starred in the Negro Leagues in the 1930's and 40's, winning the Negro League World Series with the New York Cubans in 1947. Tiant pitched for the Indians through the 1969 season. He won 21 games in 1968, and led the American League with an amazing 1.60 ERA and 9 shutouts. He set a Major League record by striking out 32 batters over two consecutive games, a feat that was matched by Nolan Ryan in 1974, Dwight Gooden in 1984, and Randy Johnson in 1997, before being broken by Kerry Wood in 1998.

After finishing 9-20 in 1969, he was traded to Minnesota as part of a six-player deal. He was in the minors in 1971 when the Red Sox signed him. Starting to be known as "El Tiante" at Fenway Park, in 1972 Tiant regained his old form with a 15-6 record and led the league with a 1.91 ERA. He would win 20 games in 1973 and 22 in 1974. Though hampered by back problems in 1975, he won 18 games for the American League Champion Red Sox and then excelled for Boston in the postseason. In the playoffs he defeated the three time defending World Champion Oakland Athletics in a 7-1 three-hitter complete game, then opened the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. His father and mother, having been allowed to visit from Cuba under a special visa, were in Fenway Park that game to watch his son defeat The Big Red Machine in a 6-0 five-hit shutout. All six Red Sox runs were scored in the seventh inning; Tiant led off that inning (the designated hitter was not yet in use in World Series play) with a base hit off Don Gullett and eventually scored on Carl Yastrzemski's single for the first of those six runs. Tiant won Game 4 as well (his second complete game in the series) and had a no-decision in Game 6, which has been called the greatest game ever played, after Carlton Fisk’s dramatic game-winning walk-off home run in the 12th inning.

"El Tiante" had an excellent year in 1972, posting a 15-6 record and a league-leading 1.91 ERA. He won the Comeback Player of the Year Award that season. 1972 was the beginning of an impressive run with Boston. From 1972-1978, he averaged 17 wins per season, and was named to the All-Star team twice. Chants of "Louie, Louie" greeted him at Fenway Park, as Red Sox fans were delighted by his unique windup, his dazzling pitching, and his charismatic smile.

Luis Tiant pitched 116 complete games in his eight-year Red Sox career, including three outstanding postseason performances. He held the A's to three hits in a 7-1 win in the 1975 ALCS. In that year's World Series, he threw a shutout in Game 1 and tossed 163 pitches in Game 4 to get the 5-4 win. He even batted .250 in the Series. His final game with the Sox was a complete-game, two-hit win over Toronto in the last game of the 1978 season, forcing a one-game playoff with New York.

In his eight seasons with the Red Sox, Luis Tiant won 122 games, winning 20 or more three times. He finished his Boston career with a 3.36 ERA and ranks among the club leaders in several categories: innings pitched (3rd, 1774.0); games started (3rd, 238); wins (4th, 122); shutouts (4th, 26); and strikeouts (3rd, 1075).

Luis finished his career with two seasons in New York, followed by one each in Pittsburgh and California. In 1997, Luis Tiant was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame. After serving as a minor league pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers and minor league instructor for the Chicago White Sox, Tiant was named the coach of Savannah College of Art and Design's baseball team in 1998. Tiant rejoined the Red Sox organization when he was named pitching coach of the Single-A Lowell Spinners in 2002.

Tiant served as the head coach for the baseball team at the Savannah College of Art and Design from 1998-2001 where he posted a record of 55-97 with a .366 winning percentage

As of 2007, Luis Tiant resides in Southborough, MA, USA

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