Brothers in arms

Saturday night marked the 74th time in Blue Jay history that the club has been involved in a 1-0 game. With the win, Toronto is now 40-34 in such contests dating back to 1977.
While many of those games were memorable, I’d like to touch on one particular contest against the Detroit Tigers that occurred on May 31, 1979 at Exhibition Stadium. Why was that one so intriguing? It featured a matchup between brothers Pat and Tom Underwood.
The elder, Tom, was 25 years old at the time and in his second season with the Blue Jays. He went the distance on that day, allowing just an eighth inning solo homer to Jerry Morales. However, that would be enough for the Tigers, as Tom’s younger brother Pat (22 years old) held Toronto scoreless through 8.1 innings before the bullpen sealed the deal.
Pat_underwood_autographWhat is most impressive is that that was Pat Underwood’s Major League debut.
He began his big-league career in solid fashion, holding the Blue Jays hitless until the fifth inning, when designated hitter Rico Carty stroked a double to center. Carty wouldn’t score, however, and the younger Underwood would allow just two more hits en route to his first Major League victory.
I’m sure the Underwood brothers faced off many times on the sandlot in their childhoods. Who knew it would one day play out on the big-league stage.


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