I spent the next two seasons trying to make it back, but it never happened. After the first year, I was traded to the Cub organization as the player to be named later in the Johnny Callison for Dick Selma- Oscar Gamble deal. I won 27 games in those last two seasons, but it was clear that I had left my fastball high on a hill in San Francisco.
It's just as well, I guess, because now I will be able to tell my grandkids or anyone else who will listen, "Sure, I was a big league pitcher. I averaged a strikeout an inning, just like Sandy Koufax."