Bob Barthelson

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Bob Barthelson
Born: (1924-07-15)July 15, 1924
New Haven, Connecticut
Died: April 14, 2000(2000-04-14) (aged 75)
Branford, Connecticut
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 4, 1944, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1944, for the New York Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 1-1
Earned run average 4.66
Strikeouts 4

Robert Edward Barthelson (July 15, 1924 – April 14, 2000) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the New York Giants in 1944. The 6'0", 185 lb. right-hander graduated from Hillhouse High School.[1]

Barthelson is one of many ballplayers who only appeared in the major leagues during World War II. At the age of 19 he made his major league debut in a 4 July doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals at Sportsman's Park. Three weeks later, in his only big league start, he lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Polo Grounds.

In a total of seven games he was 1-1 with 5 games finished, allowing 5 earned runs in 9.2 innings pitched for a final ERA of 4.66.[2]

After his brief major league career ended, Barthelson became a pitcher for the West Haven Sailors,[1] an independent semiprofessional team in West Haven, Connecticut, that scheduled games against Negro League and major league teams.[3] He also pitched for the San Francisco Seals in 1945, for the Minneapolis Millers in 1946, and for the Sacramento Solons in 1947.[2][4]

Barthelson died in 2000 in Branford, Connecticut.[5]


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