Al Milnar

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Al Milnar
Al Milnar 1940 Play Ball card.jpeg
Born: (1913-12-26)December 26, 1913
Cleveland, Ohio
Died: June 30, 2005(2005-06-30) (aged 91)
Cleveland, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 30, 1936, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
June 10, 1946, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 57–58
Earned run average 4.22
Strikeouts 350
Career highlights and awards

Albert Joseph Milnar (December 26, 1913 – June 30, 2005) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cleveland Indians (1936, 1938–1943), St. Louis Browns (1943, 1946) and Philadelphia Phillies (1946). Milnar batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio.

In an eight-season career, Milnar posted a 57–58 record with 350 strikeouts and a 4.18 ERA in 1043 innings pitched, including 127 starts, 49 complete games, 10 shutouts and seven saves. Milnar is notable for giving up the single that extended Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak to 56 games at League Park in 1941.[1]

During the 1940 season, Milnar was taught how to throw a slider by teammate Johnny Allen. However, Milnar injured his shoulder throwing the slider during the 1941 season, and his career suffered as a result. Milnar later stated, "If I had left well enough alone, my career probably would have been much better... it was a pitch I should not have used."[2]

On August 11, 1942, Milnar came within one out of a no-hitter, but it was broken up with two outs in the ninth inning by Doc Cramer. The game ended up a scoreless tie after 14 innings, with Milnar pitching the entire game.[1] Milnar went in the Army before the start of the 1944 season.[3]

After baseball, Milnar worked for 22 years as a security guard for Fisher Body.[1]

Milnar died in his hometown of Cleveland at the age of 91.


  1. ^ a b c Dolgan, Bob. "Al Milnar's Obit". Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Schneider, Russell (2004). The Cleveland Indians Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 221. ISBN 1582618402. 
  3. ^ Milnar boosts Browns to cop

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