A fastball pitcher Doug Bair was trained to work as a reliever from the get-go. He came through the Pittsburgh minor league system before being to Oakland in 1977. With the A’s Doug Bair went 4-6 with 8 saves in 45 games and then was traded to the Cincinnati Reds on February 25 1978 for Dave Revering.
Doug Bair made a name for himself as one of the best fireman in1978. He had the lowest earned run average, 1.98, in the entire NL for pitchers with 100 innings, and his save total of 28 was third highest in the league. That season he struck out 91 batters in 100.1 innings, and had more relief wins than any other NL pitcher, finishing with 7-6 record. On August 30 Doug Bair gained save #16 by preserving a 1-run lead by pitching 4 scoreless innings. In 1979 his 11-7 record with 16 saves helped the Reds win the NL West Crown.
In 1982 relieving with the Cardinals Doug Bair set up closer Bruce Sutter to bring a World Championships to St. Louis. In 1984 his 5-3 mark with 4 saves helped the Tigers win the AL East and then the World Series.
In his 15-year career Doug Bair had four seasons with over 60 relief appearances, and struck out 689 batters in 909.1 innings. Baseball History