Ben Flowers

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Ben Flowers
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Pitcher
Born: (1927-06-15)June 15, 1927
Wilson, North Carolina
Died: February 18, 2009(2009-02-18) (aged 81)
Wilson, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 29, 1951 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1956 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Win-Loss record 3–7
Earned run average 4.48
Innings pitched 168⅓
Teams

Bennett Flowers (June 15, 1927 – February 18, 2009) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for four different teams between 1951 and 1956. Listed at 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), 195 lb., he batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Wilson, North Carolina.

A knuckleball specialist, Flowers did almost everything a pitcher is asked to do. He started and filled various relief roles coming out from the bullpen as a closer, middle reliever, and set-up man as well. He entered the majors with the Boston Red Sox, playing for them two years (1951, 1953) before joining the Detroit Tigers (1955), St. Louis Cardinals (1955–1956) and Philadelphia Phillies (1956). His most productive season came for the 1953 Red Sox, when he posted career-highs in ERA (3.86), strikeouts (36), and innings pitched (87⅓) in 32 games, including six starts and one shutout, while recording all three of his career saves.

In a four-season career, Flowers posted a 3–7 record with a 4.49 ERA and three saves in 76 games, including 13 starts, one shutout, 31 games finished, and 168⅓ innings of work.

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