Oscar Judd

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Oscar Judd
Pitcher
Born: (1908-02-14)February 14, 1908
London, Ontario
Died: December 27, 1995(1995-12-27) (aged 87)
Ingersoll, Ontario
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 16, 1941 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
May 11, 1948 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Win–loss record 40–51
Earned run average 3.90
Strikeouts 304
Teams

Thomas William Oscar Judd (February 14, 1908 – December 27, 1995) was a Canadian professional baseball player. He appeared in Major League Baseball as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox (1941–1945) and Philadelphia Phillies (1945–1948).

Judd was primarily used as a starting pitcher during his eight-season career. He made his major league debut in relief on April 16, 1941 against the Washington Senators at Fenway Park. He pitched in just six more games for Boston that year but did earn his first big league save.

His first major league win came in his second season and second major league start, a 13–4 victory over the Senators at Griffith Stadium on April 22, 1942. The losing pitcher was Hall of Famer Early Wynn. Judd finished the season 8–10 with a 3.89 earned run average.

Judd's best season was 1943. The 36-year-old was 11–6 with a 2.90 ERA and was an American League All-Star. Two years later, on May 31, 1945 he was selected off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Red Sox. His overall record for Boston in five seasons was 20–18 with an ERA of 3.68 in 72 games.

His best season with Philadelphia was 1946, when he won 11 games, lost 12, and hit .316 for a mediocre Phillies team that finished in fifth place with a 69–85 record. He finished in a tie for 36th place in the National League MVP voting.

Judd was 40 years old when he made his final major league appearance on May 11, 1948. He was the sixth-oldest player to appear in a National League game that season.

Career totals for 206 games (161 as a pitcher) include a 40–51 record, 99 games started, 43 complete games, 4 shutouts, 32 games finished, and 7 saves. He allowed 334 earned runs in 771.1 innings pitched for an ERA of 3.90. As a hitter he was well above average for a pitcher, and was used many times a pinch hitter. His lifetime batting average was .262 (83-for-317) with 3 home runs, 19 runs batted in, a .322 on-base percentage, and a slugging average of .356. He only grounded into two double plays during his entire career. Judd finished in his league's top ten five times for wild pitches, leading the National League with 8 in 1947.

Judd died at the age of 87 in Ingersoll, Ontario.

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