Former UCLA and Los Angeles Dodgers standout Tim Leary returns to the Bruin coaching staff after tutoring the Bruin pitchers from 1997-2000.
Leary, a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Economics, was a three-year letterman (1977-79) on the mound. He finished his career with a 21-15 record and a 3.09 ERA with 258 strikeouts, the fourth highest total in school history. Leary pitched 16 complete games while at UCLA, which is still the school’s all-time record. He was selected to The Sporting News All-America squad and earned Academic All-American honors in 1979. In 1991 Leary was elected to the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, joining Jackie Robinson and former American League President Dr. Bobby Brown as the only baseball inductees.
Leary was selected by the New York Mets with the second pick of the first round in the 1979 baseball draft. He pitched professionally for 15 years, and spent 10 of those years in the majors with the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers.
His best season was in 1988 when he helped lead the Dodgers to the World Series Championship. He was named as the National League Comeback Player of the Year, finishing the season with a 17-11 record and a 2.90 ERA. He ranked second in the National League in shutouts (six), fifth in complete games (nine) and sixth in wins (17) and strikeouts (180). He pitched a one-hitter on May 25 at Philadelphia and struck out a career-high 12 on August 21 vs. Montreal. He allowed just one run over six and two thirds innings (1.35 ERA) in two World Series.
Leary graduated from Santa Monica High in 1976 after posting a 10-2 record that year and earning All-CIF first-team honors. He led his American Legion Team to the national championship by going 19-1. In 1978, he helped lead the USA Amateur Team to the silver medal in the World Cup played in Italy. He was also a member of the 1979 Pan Am Team with former UCLA teammate Mike Gallego.
Before joining the coaching staff at UCLA, Leary was in private business in the Brentwood area and contributed his time to baseball youth clinics at several Westside Little Leagues.
Tim resides in Pacific Palisades. He has two daughters, Anne-Sophie (16) and Caroline (14), and a son, Thomas (11).
LEARY'S UCLA PITCHING STATISTICS