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Former Syracuse Chiefs and major league pitcher Steve Barber passed away yesterday at the age of 67 due to complications of pneumonia in Henderson, Nevada.  He was 67 years old.

The two time American League All Star (1963 and 1966) pitcher began his career in the Orioles organization were he pitched in the major leagues for eight years before a mid season trade in 1967 to the New York Yankees for Chiefs infielders Ray Barker, Chet Trail and Joe Brady.

With the Orioles, Barber won over 90-games as a starting pitcher, with his best season coming in 1963 when he won 20-games, recorded a 2.75 ERA ans struckout 180 batters.

After finishing 10-18 in 1967 combined with the Orioles and Yankees, Barber began the 1968 season in Syracuse and made 7-starts going 1-4 with a 3.23 ERA.  His lone win came on May 19, 1968 when the Chiefs defeated Jacksonville (Mets) 4-3.  In that game Barber hit a 2-run home run that put the Chiefs ahead in the 6th inning.

Barber was the Opening Day Pitcher of the 1968 season when the Chiefs defeated Jacksonville (Mets) on the road 5-3 in 10-innings despite giving up two home runs to catcher Duffy Dyer.

He would also start the Home Opener at MacArthur Stadium that season against Louisville (Red Sox) in a 6-3 loss that saw him walk seven-batters.

He was called up to New York on May 24th after a little more than a month in Syracuse and finished the 1968 season with the Yankees going 6-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 20-games.

Barber would bounce around baseball for the next four years before retiring  in 1974.  He would later pitch for Seattle, Cubs, Atlanta, San Francisco and California in the major leagues and the Richmond Braves in the International League in 1970.

Barber who led many leagues in wild pitches and walks was involved in one of the strangest no-hitters in major league baseball.  With a 1-0 lead over the Tigers in old Memorial Stadium in 1967, Barber walked the first two batters before getting two outs.  He wild pitched in the tying run and then walked his 10th batter of the game before being pulled from the game for reliever Stu Miller.  The Tigers scored the go ahead run on an error and wound up winning 2-1 despite getting no-hits.


Happy Halloween to all the great SkyChiefs’ fans.  As a special treat we unveil a list of the Top 10 Syracuse players that have a name related to a costume you may see at your door tonight.  Rankings are based on their contribution to baseball in Syracuse.

10. Mike “Nunn”- The 1st round pick of the Angels in the 1967 draft appeared in less than 10 games for the 1972 Chiefs.

9. Steve “Barber” – The left-handed flamethrower was a two-time American League All-Star with the Orioles (’63 and ’66) pitched in 7 games for the Syracuse Chiefs in 1968. 

8. Brandon “Lyon”- Current Arizona Diamondback reliever pitched for the SkyChiefs in 2001 and 2002 and was a combined 9-12.

7. “Doc” Estes – First-baseman hit .276 with 4 HR and 32 RBI for the 1987 Chiefs.

6. Pedro “Swann” – Left-handed hitting outfielder hit .277 with 14 HR and 62 RBI for the 2002 SkyChiefs.

5. “Goose” Gozzo – Went 5-1 for the 1989 team that lost to Richmond in the I.L. semifinals.  In 1990 he led the team with seven saves.

4. “Bert” Cueto and “Ernie” Whitt – Cueto was 4-8 for the ’61 Chiefs.  Current Blue Jays Bench Coach Whitt hit a combined 19 HR and 96 RBI for the Chiefs in ’78 and ’79.

3. “Jayson” Werth – He began is career with a mask, it didn’t glow in the dark though, before being converted to an outfielder.  In 2002 Werth hit 18 HR and drove home 82 RBI and also stole 24 bases.  In 2003 he hit 9 HR and also hit three doubles in a game tying the franchise record.   A scary thought, the SkyChiefs have had at least one Jason (or Jayson) on every team during the 21st century.  2000- Jason Bell; 2001- Bell and Jason Dickson; 2002- Jayson Werth; 2003- Werth and Jason Arnold; 2004- Arnold, Jason Kershner, Jason Frasor; 2005- Arnold, Jason Alfaro; 2006- Frasor and Jason Phillips.

2. “Otto” Velez– Velez who shares the same first name as SU’s popular mascot was named I.L Rookie-of-the-Year in 1973 after hitting 29 HR and 98 RBI and ranks 10th in franchise history with 52 total.

1. Howard “Fox” – Went 19-9 with a 2.68 ERA including 21 complete games for the 1947 Governor’s Cup Championship team.

Disagree with our rankings or have someone in mind we left out?  Send us an email to

Have a safe Halloween and if you eat too much candy be sure to sign up for Club Chiefs were you can work on your swing in the SkyChiefs indoor batting cages and workout in the SkyChiefs Training Facilities Monday – Friday from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM for the low price of $10 per day or $50 per month.  For more information or to sign-up call (315) 474-7833 and ask for H.J.

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