Bill Gullickson MLB career (1979–1987) is a former major league baseball pitcher who played for six different major-league teams, in Canada, the U.S. and Japan, during an 18-year professional career, of which 14 seasons were spent in MLB.
Gullickson was selected in the June 1977 Major League Baseball Draft by the Montreal Expos, the second player to be drafted. He finished second behind Steve Howe in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 1980, after a season in which he went 10–5 with an earned run average (ERA) of 3.00, and set a major-league record for most strikeouts in a game by a rookie, with 18. Gullickson held that record for 18 years, until& Kerry Wood broke it with 20 strikeouts in 1998. Gullickson currently holds the Montreal Expos-Washington Nationals all-time strikeout record for a single game with 18 strikeouts.
In 1981, he helped the Expos to their only division title with a 7–9, 2.81 record. The Expos lost the National League Championship Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games; the Dodgers went on to defeat the New York Yankeesfor the 1981 World Series title in six games. Except for the 1981 strike season, Gullickson was in double figures in wins for every year onward.
In 1988 he accepted a two-million-dollar offer to pitch in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants. Although only in Japan for a short time, Gullickson left behind a positive legacy. When he was in Japan, it was considered a miracle that Gullickson, a patient of type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, played a professional sport. Since 1998, the Japan Diabetes Mellitus Society (JADMC) has placed the “Gullickson Award” for the patient who is deemed a superior influence on society.
At the age of 12, Sam Fuld, an aspiring baseball player who also had diabetes, met Gullickson, and talked to him for two minutes. “That was enough to inspire me,” Fuld said. “Any time I can talk to young diabetic kids, I look forward to that opportunity,” said Gullickson. Fuld is now a major league outfielder with the Tampa Bay Rays.