The 20 worst A-Braves pitcher: #6, Mickey Mahler

Rick’s brother is the fourth member of the ’77 Braves to make our list. Though Rick had the better career, Mickey, a hard-throwing southpaw with a 12-6 curve, was the more highly regarded of the siblings.

He debuted with the Braves in ’77 following the second no-hitter of his minor league career. He started just four games that year for the parent club and began the ’78 season in the bullpen. After 16 scoreless innings as a reliever, Mickey was inserted into the rotation.

His fourth start was a gem. Mahler went the distance against the Cards, allowing one run, walking none and striking out 9. He entered the All-Star break with a 2.82 ERA after outdueling Gaylord Perry, that year’s NL Cy Young Award winner, on July 7.

Mickey won only once more that year, losing his last nine starts and finishing third in the NL in wild pitches. It was a sign of things to come.

In 1979, his final year in Atlanta, Mahler posted an ugly 5.85 ERA and 1.700 WHIP. He was released the following spring.

Mickey’s final tally as a Brave: 10-24 with a 5.27 ERA and 1.576 WHIP.


7 thoughts on “The 20 worst A-Braves pitcher: #6, Mickey Mahler

  1. In the late 1970s every time, it seemed, I went to a Braves game, either Mickey Mahler, Rick Matula, or Preston Hanna pitched. Every time.

    good choice

  2. part of the terrible 70’s pitching staff that was supposed to come up mid/late 70’s and be the core for a decade or so like davey/mclaughlin/collins/camp/easterly/beard/hanna/lacorte
    the whos who of 4A pitchers,,hard to believe they had to get past their prime FA and or bad arm aquisitions to fill the roster

  3. I really had no idea he started out that well. All I ever saw was the ’79 edition.

  4. As bad as those late seventies pitchers may have been, they weren’t helped by atrocious defense and the worst infield in the league. It was a team effort, so I hope they mention their teammates when they are on the podium accepting their “Rowland”.

  5. I don’t think the Mahler brothers were ever the same after Ken Russell made that crappy movie about their great-great-uncle Gustav.

  6. And Russell then convinced John Mullen to draft Tommy Walker to play third. Although the deaf, dumb and blind kid could pick ground balls with the best of the 70s Braves infielders, he left the team when he heard that “Ernie” would be watching him play, every game.

  7. Mickey Mahler was a decent starter who pitched what should have been a no-hitter with the Montreal Expos in 1985 at Candelstick Park. He also cost Billy Martin his last job with the Yankees when he was pitching for the Tigers and shut out the Yankees in relief to knock them out of the pennant race. (Billy was so frustrated, he sent Mike Pagliarulo up to bat right-handed and Mick struck him out). Mick just never got a chance with a decent defense behind him or offense hitting for him. He had too many Major League gems to be on this list. His only negative was bad luck and being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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