Originally Posted by BobbyOne
Dan, In 1968 Buchholz was after his peak.
Butch would have had good chances to win amateur majors against players like Emerson, Santana and Stolle. The latter three were not unvincible, to say the least. By the way, Gimeno as an amateur would most probably have won amateur majors.
So, he was too young to win in 1961 or 1962, and too old to win in 1968. When and where was there a peak?
Gimeno and Bucholz could see the writing on the wall, and took a weak pro contract rather than get clobbered by Laver, Emerson, and Santana in the amateur ranks.