Monday, November 16, 2009

#18 Ken McBride

1961 Topps

Kenneth Faye McBride
Bats: Right , Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" , Weight: 195 lb.
Born: August 12, 1935 in Huntsville, AL

Drafted 7th by the Los Angeles Angels from the Chicago White Sox in the 1960 expansion draft.

Custom Draft card

Grounded out, third to first, advancing the runner to third. Was the starting pitcher taking the 3-2 loss at Boston on April 17, 1961. Later released by the Angels in 1965.

1947-66 Exhibit

Went 40 and 48 in 120 games started, with a 3.81 ERA and 28 complete games.
3-time AL All-Star 1961-1963

1962 Topps

Ken would be 11-5 with the Indianapolis Indians in 1959 when he came up with the White Sox and lost his only decision in 11 appearances. He would spend most of 1960 with the San Diego Padres of the PCL before being chosen by the Los Angeles Angels in the expansion draft on December 14, 1960. Ken would prove real quick that Dean Chance and Bo Belinsky were not the only pitchers of note in the early years of the expansion Angels, winning 36 games in his first three years of the new franchise and being picked for the All-Star team in all 3 years, (1961-63).
In 1962 he finished 11-5 including 10 straight victories at one point, but missed the final weeks of the season after suffering cracked ribs in a collision at home plate. The right-hander then tied Chance for a team high 13 wins in 1963, the year he was named the American League starter in the All-Star Game in Cleveland, where he had been a three sport star in high school.
McBride would have arm problems the next two seasons, winning only four games, and this would end his mound career at age 30, after eight years in pro baseball with a 40-50 major league record with a 3.79 ERA.

Custom Signature card

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