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 Walter Henry Ruether

Walter Henry Ruether

Birth
Alameda, Alameda County, California, USA
Death 16 May 1970 (aged 76)
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 13649120 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. Dutch Ruether was a very reliable and winning pitcher who pitched the majority of his career in the National League. The native Californian was signed by the Pirates in 1913 for $500 after he pitched an exhibition game for St. Ignatius College (now San Francisco University) against the Chicago White Sox. Pittsburgh sent him to the PCL for seasoning, his contract eventually becoming property of the Chicago Cubs, for whom he debuted in 1917. His stay in the Windy City lasted all of 10 games. With only a 2-0 record, the little used Ruether was put on waivers on July 17. The Reds quickly picked him up, although he did not become a full-time member of the rotation due to service in World War 1. After his return from the service, he became an integral part of the Reds resurgence in 1919, his 19-6 mark helping them to the Pennant and a World Series Victory. Though the 1919 Fall Classic was tainted by the Black Sox Scandal, Ruether, along with all of his teammates, played the game on the up and up and were all exonerated from any wrong doing. Ruether was the winner over Eddie Cicotte in Game 1, a 9-1 victory, and the starter in Game 6, pitching to a no-decision. After a 16-12 mark in 1920, he was traded to the Brooklyn Robins for Rube Marquard on December 15, 1920. After a sub-par season in 1921, he rebounded with the best season of his career in 1922 with a 21-12 record. He stayed with the Robins for 2 more seasons after which he was sold to the Washington Senators on September 17, 1924. On August 27, 1926, he was traded to the Yankees for a player to be named later. The Yanks eventually sent Garland Braxton and Nick Cullop to Washington on October 19 to complete the deal. With the Yanks he roomed with Babe Ruth. During the 1927 season he settled in nicely into the Yanks rotation, starting 26 games and going 13-6 with a 3.38 ERA. Ruether's career in the majors ended with the Yanks World Series win over Pittsburgh that Fall, but he continued to play in the minors, mostly in the PCL, where he also managed the Seattle club in the 1930's. He turned later to scouting for the New York Giants, a position he held for 24 years. Lifetime, Ruether accrued a 137-95 record and a very solid 3.50 ERA in 309 games.

Bio by: Frank Russo


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Frank Russo
  • Added: 18 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13649120
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Walter Henry Ruether (13 Sep 1893–16 May 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13649120, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.