Carl Scheib

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Carl Scheib
Born: (1927-01-01)January 1, 1927
Gratz, Pennsylvania
Died: March 24, 2018(2018-03-24) (aged 91)[1]
San Antonio, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 1943, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
May 24, 1954, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record45–65
Earned run average4.88
Innings pitched1,070​23

Carl Alvin Scheib (January 1, 1927 – March 24, 2018) was a professional baseball player, a right-handed pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics (1943–45 and 1947–54) and St. Louis Cardinals (1954) of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Born in Gratz, Pennsylvania, Scheib led the American League in wild pitches with 9 in 1950. He was one of the best-hitting pitchers of his time. In 1948, he registered 31 hits in 104 at bats, for a batting average of .298 with two home runs and 21 runs batted in. He appeared in 32 games as a pitcher, and 20 more as a pinch hitter. In 1951, Scheib appeared in 46 games as a pitcher, two more as a pinch hitter, and batted .396 (21 for 53). His .396 mark was the highest for a pitcher with that many at bats since 1925.[2] In his MLB career, Scheib batted an even .250, with five home runs, 59 RBI and 117 hits in 468 at bats. In 11 seasons, Scheib had a 45–65 win–loss record, in 267 games, with 107 games started, 47 complete games, 17 saves, 1,070​23 innings pitched, 290 strikeouts, and a 4.88 ERA.

When Scheib made his first appearance in 1943 at age 16, he was the youngest player in the modern era until Joe Nuxhall debuted with the Cincinnati Reds the following season. Scheib remains the youngest player in American League history.[3][4] A biography of Scheib entitled "Wonder Boy – The Story of Carl Scheib: The Youngest Player in American League History" by Lawrence Knorr was released May 26, 2016. It was published by Sunbury Press.[5]


  1. ^ Gratz 'Wonder Boy' Carl Scheib, youngest player in American League history, dies
  2. ^ Pils, Douglas (June 26, 2010). "Week in review/preview: Pitchers who carry a big bat". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "'Wonder Boy' Returns Home".
  4. ^ Goldstein, Richard (April 6, 2018). "Carl Scheib, Youngest Player in American League History, Dies at 91". New York Times. p. B15. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Gratz 'Wonder Boy' Carl Scheib celebrated in new baseball biography".

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