Art Ditmar

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Art Ditmar
Pitcher
Born: (1929-04-03) April 3, 1929 (age 85)
Winthrop, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1954 for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
May 19, 1962 for the Kansas City Athletics
Career statistics
Win–Loss record 72–77
Earned run average 3.98
Strikeouts 552
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Arthur John Ditmar (born April 3, 1929 in Winthrop, Massachusetts) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Athletics (Philadelphia, 1954 - Kansas City, 1955–56, 1961–62) and the New York Yankees (1957–1961). He batted and threw right-handed.

A finesse control pitcher, Ditmar divided his career between the Athletics and Yankees. He didn't consider himself a power pitcher, yet the variable-speed fastball was his most common offering. He also had a slider and a good curveball.

Ditmar won 47 games for the Yankees in a span of five years, with a career-high 15 in 1960, despite not getting to pitch on a regular basis in a rotation that included Whitey Ford, Bobby Shantz, Don Larsen and Bob Turley.

In a nine-season career, Ditmar compiled a 72-77 record with 552 strikeouts and a 3.98 ERA in 1268.0 innings.

Facts[edit]

  • Ditmar started and lost both Game 1 and Game 5 of the 1960 World Series for the Yankees. He lasted only one-third of an inning in Game 1 and one and one-third innings in Game 5.

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