52 Facts About Roy Oswalt


Roy Edward Oswalt is an American former professional baseball pitcher.

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Roy Oswalt played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, and Colorado Rockies.

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Roy Oswalt was a back-to-back 20-game winner in 2004 and 2005.

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Roy Oswalt helped lead the Astros to their first World Series appearance in 2005, and was named Most Valuable Player of the 2005 National League Championship Series.

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When Roy Oswalt left the Astros in 2010, both his wins and strikeouts totals ranked second in franchise history to Joe Niekro and Nolan Ryan, respectively.

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Roy Oswalt was a three-time All-Star, selected from 2005 to 2007.

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Roy Oswalt was born and raised in Weir, Mississippi, the son of Billy Joe and Jean Roy Oswalt.

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Roy Oswalt grew up with his older brother, Brian, and their older sister, Patricia.

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Roy Oswalt joined the Weir High School football team as a quarterback and the baseball team as a pitcher.

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At Weir High School, Roy Oswalt played defensive back and wide receiver on the football team, which won a state title his senior year.

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Roy Oswalt attended Holmes Community College in Goodman, Mississippi for two years.

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Roy Oswalt was spotted by only one MLB scout, James Farrar of the Houston Astros.

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In 1997, Roy Oswalt played rookie ball in the Gulf Coast League, where he gave up only two runs in five starts.

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In 1999, when Roy Oswalt was with the Class A Michigan Battle Cats in the Midwest League, he suffered an apparently serious shoulder injury.

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Roy Oswalt touched one of the spark plug wires, causing the truck's engine to start.

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Roy Oswalt finished 1999 with 143 strikeouts and a club-high 13 wins.

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Roy Oswalt was only expected to pitch a few games and had been given a round-trip ticket.

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In Olympic baseball competition, Roy Oswalt pitched in the semi-finals against South Korea, a game that the US won with a walk-off home run by Doug Mientkiewicz en route to their gold medal finish.

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Roy Oswalt finished second in voting for National League Rookie of the Year, losing unanimously to Albert Pujols.

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Roy Oswalt placed fifth in Cy Young Award voting, which was won by Randy Johnson.

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Roy Oswalt won the Sporting News NL Rookie Pitcher of the Year Award.

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Roy Oswalt pitched 24 consecutive scoreless innings before giving up a home run to Andres Galarraga of the San Francisco Giants.

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Roy Oswalt tied with Eric Gagne for fourth in Cy Young voting, losing to Johnson.

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Roy Oswalt left after one inning, and 5 more Astros continued to no-hit the Yankees.

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Roy Oswalt rebounded in 2004 with the first 20-win season of his career, the only National League pitcher to do so that year.

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Roy Oswalt threw two complete-game shutouts during the season, both against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Roy Oswalt led all NL starters with the fastest average fastball, at 94.

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Roy Oswalt was fourth in Cy Young Award balloting, won by Chris Carpenter.

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Roy Oswalt again finished fourth in Cy Young Award voting, won by Brandon Webb.

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Roy Oswalt was rated the best in the NL ahead of Brandon Webb and Chris Carpenter, and was only below the 2006 Triple Crown winner Johan Santana.

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On July 5,2007, it was announced Roy Oswalt would replace an injured John Smoltz on the National League All-Star team, making it Roy Oswalt's third consecutive All-Star game appearance.

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On September 26,2007, it was reported that Roy Oswalt was suffering from pain in his left side and it was decided to shut him down for the remainder of the season so as not to risk a more serious injury.

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Roy Oswalt was able to accomplish this despite landing on the disabled list on July 19 for the first time since 2006.

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In 2009, Roy Oswalt played for the United States in the World Baseball Classic, appearing in two games.

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Roy Oswalt was the winning pitcher in the contest versus the Netherlands, but was pulled from the semifinal against Japan in the fourth inning after giving up 6 runs.

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Roy Oswalt acquired one putout in the outfield, but later hit into the final out of the Phillies loss by grounding out in the bottom of the 16th inning.

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Roy Oswalt entered Game 4 in the bottom of the ninth inning, attempting to preserve a tie game.

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However, he could only get two outs in the inning as Roy Oswalt allowed two hits before Juan Uribe drove the winning run from third base on a sacrifice fly.

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In Game 6, facing elimination, Roy Oswalt allowed two runs in six innings but left with the game tied; the Giants later broke the tie to win that game and the series.

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Roy Oswalt later spent several weeks on the disabled list due to a back injury.

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Roy Oswalt was regarded as one of the top starters on the free agent market and was courted by several teams.

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However, several of the teams on Roy Oswalt's list were not interested, and Stark reported that Roy Oswalt's performance in 2011 prevented other teams from offering the money he expected.

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Roy Oswalt collected 6 strikeouts, while surrendering 9 hits and one earned run.

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Roy Oswalt agreed to a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies on May 2,2013.

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Roy Oswalt retired after the 2013 season and went to work for his former agent.

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Roy Oswalt was first eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.

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Roy Oswalt was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame on August 3,2019.

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Roy Oswalt's changeup was originally a rarely used circle change.

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Roy Oswalt says it helped compensate for slightly reduced fastball velocity as a result of his age.

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Roy Oswalt's curveball was a common 2-strike offering, and his changeup was frequently used in those counts to right-handed hitters.

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Roy Oswalt often used the change as a substitute for a fastball when he was behind in the count.

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Roy Oswalt was known as one of the faster workers in baseball in terms of time between pitches.

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