- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 3, 2002

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) Dave McNally, a three-time All-Star whose landmark victory in an arbitration case opened baseball's free agent era and led to multimillion-dollar salaries, died late Sunday of cancer at age 60.
McNally was born in Billings on Oct.31, 1942, and went on to compile a 184-119 record and a 3.24 ERA in 14 major league seasons, the first 13 with the Orioles.
An All-Star in 1969, 1970 and 1972, he also was known as a good batter, hitting 11 home runs in his major league career. He is the only pitcher ever to hit a grand slam in the World Series, doing it in Game3 in 1970 against Cincinnati's Wayne Granger.
The left-hander made his major league debut Sept. 26, 1962, with a two-hit shutout of the Kansas City Athletics in a doubleheader opener at Memorial Stadium.
He helped the Orioles win World Series titles in 1966 and 1970 and played for Baltimore's AL pennant-winning teams in 1969 and 1971. In 1966, he completed the four-game sweep of Los Angeles with a 1-0, four-hit victory.
McNally won 17 consecutive decisions from 1968 to 1969, tying the AL record set by Cleveland's Johnny Allen in 1936 and 1937, getting some breaks during the streak that caused teammates to nickname him "McLucky." The mark later was broken by Roger Clemens.
While McNally was 87-31 from 1968 to 1971, he was overshadowed on the Orioles' staff by Jim Palmer, who went on to become a Hall of Famer. In 1971, McNally, Palmer, Mike Cuellar and Pat Dobson all won 20 or more games for the Orioles, becoming the first teammates to accomplish the feat in the same season since Red Faber, Lefty Williams, Ed Cicotte and Dickie Kerr on the 1920 Chicago White Sox. No one has done it since.
McNally finished his career with 1,512 strikeouts and 33 shutouts and was inducted into the Orioles' Hall of Fame. He said his biggest thrill was helping the Orioles win the 1966 World Series.
While with the Orioles, he gave up Al Kaline's 3,000th career hit in 1974. Baltimore then sent him to the Expos with outfielder Rich Coggins and minor leaguer Bill Kirkpatrick for Ken Singleton and Mike Torrez.
McNally quit baseball the following June after starting the season 3-6 with Montreal, but that began his historic contribution that helped overturn baseball's century-old reserve clause.
Andy Messersmith had refused to sign his contract with Los Angeles, and the Major League Baseball Players Association had filed a grievance, claiming the teams couldn't renew his contract in perpetuity.
The Dodgers later agreed to Messersmith's salary demand but wouldn't give him a no-trade clause, and union head Marvin Miller went to McNally, whose contract also had been unilaterally renewed, asking him to join the case.
Even though McNally was retired, Montreal president John McHale traveled to Billings, and offered him $125,000 to sign a contract.
McNally refused and arbitrator Peter Seitz agreed with the players, issuing the decision on Dec.23, 1975, that overturned baseball's reserve clause. Owners and the union then negotiated a labor deal under which players could become free agents after they had played in the major leagues for six seasons.
With teams competing to sign the top stars, the average salary rose from $44,000 in 1975 to $2.38million at the start of this season.


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