Bobby Locke (baseball)

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Bobby Locke
Bobby Locke.jpg
Locke in 1960
Born: (1934-03-03) March 3, 1934 (age 83)
Rowes Run, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 18, 1959, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1968, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 16–15
Earned run average 4.02
Strikeouts 194
Career highlights and awards
  • Hit home run in first major league game

Bobby Locke (born March 3, 1934 in Rowes Run, Pennsylvania) is a former right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1959 to 1968, for the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and California Angels. He stood 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds.[1]

Major League career[edit]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

Locke made his Indians debut in 1959[1] against the Boston Red Sox.[2] He was the starting pitcher for the Indians, and his first pitch was to Don Buddin.[2] After recording two outs, the first hit he gave up was to Vic Wertz which resulted in Gene Stephens scoring the first run against Locke.[2] In his debut he pitched for five and two thirds innings and gave up five runs,[2] but still managed to walk away with the no-decision. However his main contribution on his debut was hitting a home run off Frank Sullivan, which resulted in three runs being scored.[2] This was to be the only home run of his career.[1]

In 1959 overall, he posted a 3.13 ERA in 24 games, seven of them started. He struck out 40 batters, walked 41 and posted a record of 3–2.[1]

In 1960, Locke posted a 3–5 record, with an ERA of 3.37. He started 11 of the 32 games he appeared in and struck out 53 batters in 123 innings. He also completed the only two games of his career that year.[1]

In 1961 he posted a 4.53 ERA while giving up 112 hits in 95.1 innings. He walked 40 batters, struck out 37 and posted a 4–4 record.[1]

Career after the Indians[edit]

After the 1961 season, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Jerry Kindall.[3]

He moved to the St. Louis Cardinals for the 1962 season but after only playing one game with them he moved to the Philadelphia Phillies.[4]

Between 1962 and 1964 he played in 22 games for the Phillies, with a record of one win and no losses.[4]


Overall, Locke had a 16–15 record in 165 games. In 416.2 innings pitched, he walked 165 batters and struck out 194 while allowing 432 hits. As a batter he made 25 hits in 98 at-bats for .255 career batting average. As a fielder, he achieved a .968 fielding percentage.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Bobby Locke". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jun 18, 1959, Indians at Red Sox Play by Play and Box Score". June 18, 1959. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Bobby Locke". Baseball Historian. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Bobby Locke Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 

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