|Birth: ||Feb. 15, 1900|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 1, 1976|
Major League Baseball Player. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound right-hander teamed with Lefty Grove to lead the Philadelphia Athletics to three consecutive World Series appearances in 1929-31. Long after his playing days, he earned the Bronze Star Medal as a World War II naval officer in the Pacific. He was awarded a commendation by Adm. Chester Nimitz for his exceptional ability and judgment as a gunnery officer on an Essex Class aircraft carrier during a strike on Truk on Apr. 29, 1944. That was a far different challenge from facing the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Heinie Manush, Earl Averill, Joe Cronin, Charlie Gehringer and others stars from the mound. He made his debut with the A's in 1928 and became a workhorse the following season with an American League-high 24 victories against eight losses, a 3.29 earned run average and 254 innings pitched. He won Game 2 in the World Series, with relief help from Grove, as the duo combined for 13 strikeouts in a 9-3 victory over Chicago. The Cubs beat Earnshaw 3-1 in Game 3, but the A's took the series 4-1. He was 22-13 with a 4.44 ERA and 296 innings pitched in 1930. In the Fall Classic against St. Louis, he won 6-1 in Game 2 with a six-hitter. In Game 5, he allowed two hits in seven innings and left with no score. Grove picked up the 2-0 victory in relief. Two days later, Earnshaw finished off the Cardinals with a five-hitter in a 7-1 triumph. He followed with a 21-7 record, 3.67 ERA and 281 innings pitched in 1931 as the A's won 107 games. The Cardinals, though, got revenge in the World Series. Earnshaw lost 2-0 in Game 2 but came back to pitch a two-hit 3-0 victory in Game 4. In the decisive Game 7, the Cardinals beat him 4-2 on George Watkins' two-run homer in the third. He was 19-13 in 1932 with a 4.77 ERA and 245 innings pitched but tailed off to 5-10 in 1933. That year he was suspended and fined $500 by owner-manager Connie Mack for being overweight. On Dec. 12, 1933, he was traded with catcher Johnny Pasek to the Chicago White Sox for catcher Charlie Berry and $20,000. He also pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1935-36) and the Cardinals (1936). His nine-year totals were 127-93 with a 4.38 ERA and 115 complete games in 249 starts. (bio by: Ron Coons)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes with his second wife.
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Ron Coons
Record added: Mar 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13692091
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