April 18, 1922|
|Died: May 2, 2004
|June 17, 1950 for the Philadelphia Athletics|
Last MLB appearance
|June 9, 1956 for the Kansas City Athletics|
|Earned run average||4.71|
Edward Frank "Moe" Burtschy (April 18, 1922 – May 2, 2004) was an American right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics (1950, 1951, 1954–56).
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from high school in 1940, Burtschy signed a minor league contract, but he joined the Navy in September 1940 and served aboard the USS Ticonderoga. Following his military service, he returned to the minors and, on June 17, 1950, he made his debut in the American League with the Athletics.
On June 26, 1954, Burtschy replaced Dutch Romberger in the 10th inning of an Athletics game against the Baltimore Orioles. He walked Chuck Diering intentionally to load the bases. He then pitched wildly to Gil Coan which scored Dick Kryhoski with the winning run.
Burtschy was optioned to the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League in May 1955. On May 29, 1956 he pitched two innings of hitless relief against the Chicago White Sox. Burtschy fell apart in the 12th inning, yielding three walks and a sacrifice to give Chicago a 7–4 win.
In November 1999 Burtschy joined Lou Limmer, Gus Zernial, Spook Jacobs, Joe Astroth, Art Ditmar, and Joe DeMaestri for a reunion of members of the 1954 Philadelphia Athletics. The event was organized by the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society.
Moe Burtschy died of heart failure in Delhi Township, Ohio at the age of 82.
- Second Spot Dodgers Win From Cards, Kannapolis, North Carolina Daily Independent, Sunday, June 27, 1954, Page 10A.
- Independents Kicked Around, Charleston Daily Mail, May 18, 1955, pg. 12.
- Chisox 7, KC 4, Galveston News, Wednesday, May 30, 1956, pg 9.
- A's players return for reunion and collectors show, Doylestown, Pennsylvania Intelligencer Record, October 27, 1999, Page 88.