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Jack Armstrong gets the call for the National League

July 13, 2010
Jack Armstrong Cincinnati Reds 1991 Donruss No. 439

Jack Armstrong Cincinnati Reds 1991 Donruss No. 439

Jack Armstrong had one good half-season as starting pitcher, however he was able to parlay it into a starting spot on the 1990 National League All-Star Team.

Armstrong started off the 1990 season with the Cincinnati Reds by winning eight of his first nine starts. With the Reds holding the top spot in the old National League West Division, Armstrong not only earned a spot on the all-star team but was named the squad’s starting hurler.

In two innings of work, Armstrong struck out two batters, let up one hit and did not let up any walks.

The National League’s pitching staff for the mid-summer classic held at Wrigley Field  had a distinct Cincinnati connection. Reds relievers Rob Dibble and Randy Myers each pitched a scoreless inning. Former Redleg John Franco and future Reds Jeff Brantley and Frank Viola also made appearances.

Jack Armstrong Cincinnati Reds 1991 Donruss No. 439 back

Jack Armstrong Cincinnati Reds 1991 Donruss No. 439 back

Cincinnati also had Chris Sabo in the starting line-up at Wrigley and short shop Barry Larkin came in late in the game and stole a base as a pitch runner.

Following the all-star game, Armstrong struggled to find his first-half form. He won just four games the rest of the season and ended the year with a 12-9 record and a 3.42 ERA.

Armstrong ended the season on a high note in game two of the 1990 World Series. He pitched three innings of scoreless ball and struck out three Oakland A’s batters. The Reds eventually won the game 5-4 in 10 innings.

Cincinnati traded Armstrong after the 1991 season along with Scott Scudder and minor leaguer Joe Turek to the Cleveland Indians for pitcher Greg Swindell.

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