Blackie Schwamb

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Blackie Schwamb
Born: (1926-08-06)August 6, 1926
Los Angeles
Died: December 21, 1989(1989-12-21) (aged 63)
Lancaster, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 25, 1948, for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 1948, for the St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
Win-Loss 1-1
Earned run average 8.53
Strikeouts 7

Ralph Richard "Blackie" Schwamb (August 6, 1926 in Los Angeles – December 21, 1989 in Lancaster, California), was an American professional baseball player of German descent. He was a pitcher in the Major Leagues in 1948. He played for the St. Louis Browns where he pitched in 12 games was 1–1, 7 strikeouts and an ERA of 8.53. After the 1948 season, Schwamb killed a Long Beach doctor by the name of Dr. Donald Buge. Schwamb was doing the work to pay off a debt to Los Angeles mobster, Mickey Cohen.[1] He was sentenced to life in prison in 1949 but was granted parole in 1960.[2] His life is subject of Eric Stone's 2005 book Wrong Side of the Wall.

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  1. ^ "The Best Behind Bars". CNN. 2005-03-21. Archived from the original on 2009-08-01. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  2. ^ Adriaanse, Katherine. "Players after prison". Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 4 June 2017.