Hal Gregg

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Hal Gregg
Pitcher
Born: (1921-07-11)July 11, 1921
Anaheim, California
Died: May 13, 1991(1991-05-13) (aged 69)
Bishop, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 18, 1943 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
August 17, 1952 for the New York Giants
Career statistics
Win-Loss 40-48
Earned run average 4.54
Strikeouts 401
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 1945 National League All-Star

Harold Dana (Hal) Gregg (July 11, 1921 – May 13, 1991) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1943–1947), Pittsburgh Pirates (1948–1950) and New York Giants (1952). Gregg batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Anaheim, California.

In a nine-season career, Gregg posted a 40–48 record with 401 strikeouts and a 4.54 ERA in 827.0 innings pitched.

In 1947 Gregg became an unlikely World Series figure. He had pitched very well in relief for Brooklyn, especially in the 4th game when Bill Bevens was hurling his 823 innings of no-hit ball only to lose in the 9th. Gregg relieved the starter in the 1st, got out of the jam with no runs, and pitched 7 strong innings holding the Yankees to 2 runs, working out of some more tough jams and keeping Brooklyn in the game. Since Brooklyn's manager had completely mishandled the pitching staff, continually using starters in relief, there was only Gregg ready to start game 7; Gregg thus joining some of the few but greatest pitchers in history who have started a World Series 7th game. Gregg, on two days rest, didn't pitch badly but still lost, giving up 3 runs in 4 innings. He threw 12 innings in the series with 10 strikeouts including DiMaggio, who seldom struck out.

Gregg died in Bishop, California, at age of 69.

Best Season[edit]

Highlights[edit]

  • Was the winning pitcher against the Boston Braves, 5–3, during the historic debut of Jackie Robinson with the Brooklyn Dodgers (April 15, 1947)
  • Pitched a one-hit, 1–0 shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Ebbets Field (April 22, 1947)
  • The 1947 World Series. He led all Brooklyn pitchers in innings pitched and strikeouts with a memorable 4th game: 7IP, 4H 1R.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Ed Head
Brooklyn Dodgers Opening Day
Starting pitcher

1944
Succeeded by
Curt Davis
Preceded by
Curt Davis
Brooklyn Dodgers Opening Day
Starting pitcher

1946
Succeeded by
Joe Hatten