Ad Liska

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Ad Liska
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Pitcher
Born: (1906-07-10)July 10, 1906
Dwight, Nebraska
Died: November 30, 1998(1998-11-30) (aged 92)
Portland, Oregon
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1929 for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 1933 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Win-loss record 17–18
Earned run average 3.87
Strikeouts 104
Teams

Adolph James Liska (July 10, 1906 – November 30, 1998) was a baseball pitcher who played five years in Major League Baseball and 14 for the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Nebraska, Liska taught elementary school and pitched briefly for the University of Nebraska before joining the minor league Lincoln Links of the Western League in 1926.[1] A submarine pitcher, he earned a 20–4 record with the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association, which earned him a shot at the majors in 1929.[1]

Major League career[edit]

Liska played two full seasons with the Washington Senators and part of a third. He joined the Philadelphia Phillies in 1932 where he played two seasons, compiling a 17–18 overall record with an ERA of 3.87.[1]

Portland Beavers[edit]

Liska returned to the minor leagues for two more seasons and then found a home with the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League in 1936. He went on to play 14 years for the Beavers, winning 15 or more games nine times.[1] In 1936, his 15 wins helped the Beavers win the PCL championship. In 1945, at the age of 39, he won 20 games, leading the Beavers to the best record in the league.[1] Liska finally retired following the 1949 season at the age of 42. He managed the minor league Salem Senators for the 1950 season and then retired from baseball and worked in the United States Postal Service.[1]

Legacy[edit]

He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame in 2003.[1][2] He died in Portland in 1998 at the age of 92.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ad Liska". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ad Liska". Pacific Coast League. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 

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