Robert Lynn 'Bob' Welch (born November 3, 1956) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (197887) and Oakland Athletics (198894). He played in college for Eastern Michigan. Welch was best known for his blazing fastball, and he is the last pitcher to win 27 games in a single season. He also had a well-respected split-fingered pitch that was displayed on a baseball card. In a 17-year career, Welch compiled a 211-146 record with 1,969 strikeouts and a 3.47 ERA in 3,092 innings. Welch gained national fame in 1978 when as a 21-year-old rookie he struck out Reggie Jackson with two men on base and two out in the top of the ninth inning of Game 2 of the 1978 World Series. Welch was the third starting pitcher in the rotation for the 1989 World Series champion Oakland A's, compiling a regular-season record of 17-8 and recording a win in his only start in the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays.