The City of Altus, Mayor Jack Smiley, and Altus City Council members Jason Winters, Jon Kidwell and Dwayne Martin gathered with family and friends today to proclaim today, Nov. 27 as “Eddie Fisher Day.”
Eddie Fisher was an outstanding relief pitcher during his 15 seasons in the major leagues, compiling a record of 85 wins, 70 losses for a very fine .548 lifetime winning percentage. Fisher also had 81 career saves and a 3.41 lifetime earned run average.
Fisher also compiled one of the greatest single seasons in baseball history of any relief pitcher in 1965 as a member of the Chicago White Sox team. He won 15 (4th highest total for a relief pitcher in baseball history), lost 7, finished second in the American League in both earned run average 2.40 , saves with 24, and fewest hits per 9 innings at 6.42. His 82 games in which he appeared was then a major league record and still ranks as the 13th highest total ever by a relief pitcher. Fisher also finished an unheard of 4th for a relief pitcher in the American league, and Most Valuable Player voting. According to the editors of the much respected baseball book “Total Baseball”, Fisher would have been the American League Cy Young Award winner had the vote been available for both leagues. At the time only one award was given between the leagues.
Honors include, 1965- All-Star Game, 1965- American League Relief Pitcher of the Year, and 1966- World Champions- Baltimore Orioles.
The Fisher family traveled from Kansas, Amarill, Texas, and Oklahoma City to help him celebrate his special day today.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077