May 4, 1926 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 17, 1952 for the Boston Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 30, 1952 for the Boston Braves|
|Earned run average||7.71|
Maynard Bert Thiel (born May 4, 1926) is an American retired professional baseball pitcher, manager and scout. He appeared in only four Major League games as a relief pitcher for the 1952 Boston Braves, but fashioned a 14-year playing career in the minor leagues (1947–59; 1961). Born in Marion, Wisconsin, he threw and batted right-handed, and stood 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) tall and weighed 185 lb (84 kg).
Thiel's brief MLB trial occurred at the outset of the 1952 season. He split two decisions and compiled an earned run average of 7.71 over seven innings pitched. As a minor league hurler, however, Thiel won 145 games (losing 108), and compiled a .563 winning percentage and an ERA of 3.76. He had one 20-win season, and also enjoyed 18, 16, 15 and 14 game-winning seasons during a career spent in the farm systems of the Braves, New York/San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox.
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