Sept. 12, 1940
Mickey Lolich (age 77)
From Lincoln High, Lolich won 217 regular-season games (losing 191) in 16 MLB seasons. He helped lead the Detroit Tigers to the 1968 World Series championship, going 3-0 against the St. Louis Cardinals with five runs allowed in 27 innings. He was voted MVP of the Series. The 6-1, 210-pound right-hander, who was born in Portland, started 496 games during the regular season and finished with a 3.44 ERA and 2,832 strikeouts in 3,638 1/3 innings pitched. Lolich was a three-time All-Star (1969, 1971, 1972) and led MLB in wins and strikeouts in '71, going 25-14 for the Tigers with whom he spent nearly all of his career.
Sept. 13, 1945
Rick Wise (age 72)
From Madison High, Wise played in 18 MLB seasons, beginning in 1964. He was a 6-1, 180-pound right-handed pitcher who had a career record of 188-181 (in 455 starts), with a 3.69 ERA and 1,647 strikeouts in 3,127 1/3 innings. He started his big league career with Philadelphia and then played for St. Louis, Boston, Cleveland and San Diego. He won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series for the Red Sox and was an All-Star in 1971 and 1973, pitching a no-hitter on June 23, 1971.