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Johnny Thomas Allen

Major League Baseball Player. The hot-tempered right-hander set American League records for highest winning percentage in a season at .938 when he was 15-1 for the Cleveland Indians in 1937 and for most consecutive wins with 17, from September 10, 1936 to September 30, 1937. He broke in by going 17-4 with a 3.70 earned run average for the New York Yankees in 1932. He followed with 15-7 in 1933, but missed time with an injury while going 5-2 in 1934. After posting a 13-6 record in 1935, he was traded to Cleveland on December 11 of that year for pitchers Monte Pearson and Steve Sundra. He was 20-10 with a 3.44 ERA in 1936 and then came his record season. His only blemish came on the last day of season, 1-0 to Detroit's Jake Wade, who fired a one-hitter. He was 14-8 with a 4.19 ERA in 1938, 9-7 in 1939 and 9-8 in 1940. He was on the AL All-Star team in 1938 and gave up two hits and a run in three innings in the National League's 4-1 victory at Crosley Field. He was sold to the St. Louis Browns on December 24, 1940, then sold to the Brooklyn Dodgers on July 30, 1941. When he was dealt with $30,000 to the Philadelphia Phillies on December 14, 1942 for pitcher Rube Melton, he refused to report and was sent back to the Dodgers on April 15, 1943. He finished his career with New York in 1944 after being traded to the Giants with first baseman Dolf Camilli on July 31, 1943 for pitchers Bill Lohrman and Bill Sayles and infielder Joe Orengo. That year, on May 27, Allen, enraged over a balk call, attacked umpire George Barr and was suspended for 30 days and fined $200. He pitched two-thirds of an inning for the Yankees in the 1932 World Series, giving up four runs, three earned, but the New Yorkers swept the Chicago Cubs in four. He made three scoreless relief appearances covering 3 2/3 innings for the Dodgers in the 1941 World Series, but the Yankees won in five. For his 13-year career, Allen was 142-75 with a 3.75 ERA, 109 complete games in 241 starts and 17 shutouts.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 14003761
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johnny Thomas Allen (30 Sep 1905–29 Mar 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14003761, citing Memorial Park Cemetery, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .