Chuck Stobbs

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Chuck Stobbs
Pitcher
Born: (1929-07-02)July 2, 1929
Wheeling, West Virginia
Died: July 11, 2008(2008-07-11) (aged 79)
Sarasota, Florida
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 15, 1947 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
August 12, 1961 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
Win-Loss 107-130
ERA 4.29
Strikeouts 897
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Charles Klein Stobbs (July 2, 1929 – July 11, 2008) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox (1947–51), Chicago White Sox (1952), Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins (1953–58 and 1959–61) and St. Louis Cardinals (1958).

He led the American League in walks per nine innings pitched (2.03) in 1956 and led the American League in losses (20) and earned runs allowed (126) in 1957.

Stobbs is best remembered as the pitcher who gave up an estimated 565 feet home run to Mickey Mantle that flew entirely out of Griffith Stadium in 1953.[1]

Early life[edit]

Stobbs, a native of West Virginia, spent his early years in Springfield, Ohio and Vero Beach, Florida. His father, Bill Stobbs, played professional football in 1921.[2] As a teenager his family moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where his father took a coaching job at Granby High School.[1]

In high school, Stobbs excelled in three sports: football, basketball and baseball.[3] He led the Granby High School football team to three consecutive state championships and was named all-state quarterback three times.[2] Stobbs was also an all-American in baseball and a two-time all-state basketball player.[2] In 1947, Stobbs was named by the Washington Post as one of the "greatest athletes to be developed in the Virginia high schools during recent years".[2] In 1957, Washington Post sports columnist Bob Addie wrote that Stobbs was "one of the greatest athletes ever to come out of Virginia."[1] For his storied high-school career, Stobbs was later named to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.[1][3]

Major League Baseball career[edit]

Stobbs turned down several college scholarships to play with the Boston Red Sox under the supervision of scout Specs Toporcer, who offered him a $50,000 signing bonus, one of the first players to qualify for baseball bonus rule.[2][3] Stobbs was only 18 years old when he pitched in his first big-league game against the Chicago White Sox on September 15, 1947.[3] He was the youngest player in Major League Baseball that year, pitching four games.[3][4] Stobbs played in six games in 1948 before being a full-time starter for the Red Sox in 1949. That year Stobbs participated in 26 games, starting 19. He had an 11-6 win-loss record with a 4.03 earned run average while striking out 70 batters in 152 innings pitched.[4]

He was turned down for service by the United States Army for the Korean War because of an asthmatic condition.[3] Stobbs production diminished in 1957, winning only 8 games and leading the league in losses with 20.[4] He had a 16 game consecutive losing streak dating back the previous September. In his last game of the 1957 season, Stobbs pitched 10 innings against the Baltimore Orioles before losing the game 7-3.[3] That season he lost 20 games and joined the St. Louis Cardinals the next year after being released by the Senators.[3] He rejoined the Senators prior to the 1959 season, and stayed in the organization though 1961, when the Senators moved to Minnesota.[3]

Post-career[edit]

After leaving professional baseball, Stobbs spent a brief time as an insurance salesman and a coach at George Washington University.

In 1971, Stobbs moved to Florida and worked at a baseball academy operated by the Kansas City Royals. He worked for the Cleveland Indians as a pitching coach in the minor leagues in the early 1980s.[1]

Stobbs died after a seven-year battle with throat cancer on July 11, 2008.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Schudel, Matt (July 25, 2008). "Chuck Stobbs; Senators pitcher threw famous Mantle home run". The Boston Globe (The Washington Post). Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Nowlin, Bill. "The Baseball Biography Project: Chuck Stobbs". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Brockoff, Chad (July 13, 2008). "Ex-major leaguer Stobbs enjoyed making others feel welcome". The Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Chuck Stobbs Statistics and History". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 

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