For much of the 1980s, Dan Petry was the #2 starter for the Detroit Tigers, falling in line behind Jack Morris. A workhorse, Petry threw more than 230 innings each season from 1982 to 1985, the peak of his career. During that span he twice earned Cy Young Award votes and was an All-Star once. He averaged 17 wins over that four-year stretch, helping the Tigers to the pennant in 1984 when he garnered 19 victories. He and fellow righties Morris and Milt Wilcox made every postseason start for the ’84 team that won the World Series, but Petry was the only one who didn’t get a win.
Arm injuries started to hamper him before he was 28 years old, and Petry spent the last six years of his big league career battling to come back from stints on the disabled list and/or ineffectiveness. He retired at the age of 32 with 125 wins and a 3.95 ERA on his record.