Earl Whitehill

Earl Whitehill

Birth
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA
Death 22 Oct 1954 (aged 54)
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 13856771 · View Source
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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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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • 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 .