Bill Kennedy (1948–57 pitcher)

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Not to be confused with Bill Kennedy (1942–1947 pitcher).
Bill Kennedy
Bill Kennedy 1949.jpg
Born: (1921-03-14)March 14, 1921
Carnesville, Georgia
Died: April 9, 1983(1983-04-09) (aged 62)
Seattle, Washington
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 26, 1948, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1957, for the Cincinnati Redlegs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 15-28
Earned run average 4.73
Strikeouts 256
Career highlights and awards

William Aulton Kennedy (March 14, 1921 – April 9, 1983), nicknamed "Lefty",[1] was a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Redlegs of Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1948 and 1957.


Kennedy was born in Carnesville, Georgia. Signed before the 1939 season as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees, Kennedy made his MLB debut with the Indians only in 1948,[1] as he served in the U.S. Army during World War II.[2]) They traded him to the Browns for pitcher Sam Zoldak that season and went on to win the World Series.

He led the American League in games pitched (47) in 1952. In eight seasons, he had a 15-28 win-loss record, 172 games pitched (45 starts), 11 saves, 256 strikeouts and a 4.73 earned run average (ERA).

Kennedy died in Seattle of lung cancer at the age of 62.[2]

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