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    Ronald Ames Guidry (pronounced /ˈɡɪdri/; born August 28, 1950, in Lafayette, Louisiana; nicknamed "Louisiana Lightning" and "Gator") is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He played 14 seasons for the New York Yankees from 1975 through 1988. Guidry was the pitching coach of the New York Yankees from 2006 to 2007.

  • Ronald Ames Guidry (August 28, 1950-) recorded the first "immaculate inning" in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox in 1984 when he struck out the side of Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk and All-Stars Tom Paciorek and Greg Luzinski on nine straight strikes. (The only other pitcher to achieve this feat in the ninth inning was Tampa Bay Rays’ Rafael Soriano in 2010 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.) Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Guidry honed his pitching skills at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette until he was drafted by the New York Yankees in the third round of the 1971 MLB Draft. After his debut in 1975, being used primarily as a reliever early on, Guidry joined the starting rotation in 1977 and helped lead the Yankees to back-to-back World Series titles in 1977 and 1978. The 1978 season proved to be Guidry’s greatest and one of the best in modern history as he went 25-3 with nine shutouts, 16 complete games, a .893 winning percentage and a miniscule 1.74 ERA in 35 starts. Guidry won the 1978 American League Cy Young Award, was named to his first of four AL All-Star Games and finished second to Boston’s Jim Rice for the AL MVP Award. Guidry finished in the top ten for the AL Cy Young Award seven times in his 14-year career, earned consideration for the AL MVP Award five times and won five consecutive Gold Gloves (1982-1986). "Gator", as he was called, played his entire career in Yankees pinstripes (1975-1988) and twice led the AL in wins, winning percentage and ERA and once in complete games and shutouts. In four years of postseason play and seven series, Ron went 5-2 with 51 strikeouts while posting a 3.01 ERA en route to two World Series. Ron Guidry ended his career with a 170-91 record, 95 complete games, 26 shutouts, 1,778 strikeouts and a 3.29 career ERA in 323 starts and 368 game appearances. As evidenced by his five Gold Gloves, Ron Guidry also posted a .981 career fielding percentage. Guidry later worked in the Yankees organization as a pitching coach under Joe Torre.

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  • winner Ron Guidry spent his entire playing career with the and was named their pitching coach following the season. His 18 strikeouts in a game on , against the remains a Yankees team record. His 25-3 record that year is the highest in history for a starting pitcher ( was 18-1 as a reliever for the in ).

Ron Guidry - Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Gisclair, S. Derby. "Ron Guidry." KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana. Ed. David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 6 Dec 2013. Web. 12 July 2016.