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 Earl Whitehill

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Earl Whitehill

  • Birth 7 Feb 1900 Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 22 Oct 1954 Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
  • Burial Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 13856771

Major League Baseball Player. He was a no-nonsense left-handed pitcher who won 218 games over a 17-year career with the Detroit Tigers (1923 to 1932), Washington Senators (1933 to 1936), Cleveland Indians (1937 and 1938) and the Chicago Cubs (1939). In 1924, he went 17-9 with a 3.86 earned run average for 233 innings and 16 complete games. He was 16-13 in 1926 with a 3.99 ERA and 252 innings pitched. The following year he had a 16-14 record, a 3.36 ERA and 17 complete games. He was 17-13 in 1930 and 26-12 in 1932. On December 14, 1932, he was shipped to the Senators for pitchers Fred Marberry and Carl Fischer. He helped Washington win the American League pennant by going 22-8 with a 3.33 ERA, 270 innings pitched and 19 complete games. On April 23 that year, Lou Gehrig's consecutive-game streak was threatened when he was knocked unconscious by a Whitehill pitch. The New York Yankees great recovered, finished the game and continued on his streak through April 30, 1939. The 5-foot-9 1/2, 175-pound Whitehill blanked the New York Giants 1-0 on five hits in Game 3 of the 1933 World Series, but Bill Terry's team won in five games. On May 30, 1934, he had a no-hit bid broken up in the ninth inning on a single by the Yankees' Ben Chapman. He went to Cleveland in a three-team deal in December 1936. His lifetime ledger was 218-185, a 4.36 ERA, 227 complete games in 472 starts and 17 shutouts. He logged 3,565 innings and gave up 3,917 hits and 1,431 walks. He struck out 1,350. He was a coach for the Indians in 1941 and the Philadelphia Phillies in 1943. He had been a special baseball sales representative for A.G. Spaulding Co. from 1946. Cause of death: auto accident.

Bio by: Ron Coons


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  • Originally Created by: Ron Coons
  • Added: 4 Apr 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13856771
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Earl Whitehill (7 Feb 1900–22 Oct 1954), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13856771, citing Cedar Memorial Park, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .