George Caster

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George Caster
George Caster Browns.jpg
Pitcher
Born: (1907-08-04)August 4, 1907
Colton, California
Died: December 18, 1955(1955-12-18) (aged 48)
Lakewood, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 10, 1934 for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 16, 1946 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Win-loss record 76-100
Earned run average 4.54
Strikeouts 595
Teams
Career highlights and awards

George Jasper Caster (August 4, 1907 – December 18, 1955) nicknamed "Ug," was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball with the Philadelphia Athletics (1934-35. 1937-40), St. Louis Browns (1941–45), and Detroit Tigers (1945–46). Born in Colton, California, Ug appeared in 376 major league games and compiled a record of 76–100 in 1377-2/3 innings pitched. In 1936, he led the Pacific Coast League with 25 wins and 234 strikeouts for the Portland Beavers.[1] He later led the American League in games lost 1938 (20) and 1940 (19) and was #2 in losses in 1937 (19). In 1941, Luke Sewell converted Caster into a relief pitcher, and he had the best seasons of his career as the Browns' lead reliever from 1942 to 1944. (David Alan, "As Good as it Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns" (Arcadia 2003), p. 28.) He led the American League with 12 saves in 1944 and had career-high Adjusted ERA+ ratings of 131, 157, and 147 between 1942 and 1944. In 1945, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers and went 5–1 in 22 relief appearances to help them win the American League pennant. Caster pitched 2/3 of an inning in the 1945 World Series and did not allow a hit. Caster is also remembered as the pitcher who gave up Jimmie Foxx's 500th Home Run.[2] Caster died in 1955 at age 48 in Lakewood, California.

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