Tuesday, December 8, 2009

#25 Ned Garver

1961 Topps

Ned Franklin Garver
Bats: Right , Throws: Right
Weight: 180 lb.
Born: December 25, 1925 in Ney, OH

Drafted 8th by the Los Angeles Angels from the Kansas City Athletics in the 1960 expansion draft.

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Starting pitcher in game 2 of a double-header at New York on April 20, 1961. Gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in 5 innings of a 4-2 loss.
Played his final Major League game on June 4, then was released by the Angels on June 10, 1961 ending his baseball career at the age of 35.

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0-3 with a 5.59 ERA in 29 innings (2 starts).

Garver became the only 20th century pitcher to win 20 games in a season for a team which lost 100 when he went 20-12 for the 1951 Browns. He led the AL in complete games (24) that season, as he had the previous year (22). His $25,000 contract in 1952 made him the highest-paid Brown in history. Garver had batted .407 in the Ohio State League in 1944, so it was no surprise when he batted .305 in 1951 to pace the Browns. He hit sixth on occasion, and had a .218 lifetime BA with seven HR. His zeal for hitting was arrested midway through his career when Early Wynn nearly beaned him. Garver lost a league-high 17 with St. Louis in 1949. He had very little trouble getting Mickey Mantle out, but found Vic Wertz a particular thorn in his side.
"I was a sinker-slider pitcher. I had a pretty good sinker, and I had a pretty good slider. Ted Williams will tell you that my slider was a pitch that he had trouble picking up the spin on."

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