December 19th, 2012

Geoff Zahn

December 19, 1945 – Future Dodger pitcher Geoff Zahn is born in Baltimore. Zahn made his debut with the Dodgers in 1973, but couldn’t crack a starting rotation that included Andy Messersmith, Don Sutton, Tommy John and Al Downing. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs in May 1975 along with pitcher Eddie Solomon in exchange for pitcher Burt Hooton. The trade was a steal for the Dodgers as Hooton went 18-7 with L.A. in 1975 and became a mainstay in the rotation. Zahn struggled during his brief Cubs tenure, but eventually found success in the American League with the Minnesota Twins and California Angels. He compiled a lifetime 111-109 record and 3.74 ERA.