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Schwall in 1962
|Born: March 2, 1936|
|May 21, 1961, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 12, 1967, for the Atlanta Braves|
|Earned run average||3.72|
|Career highlights and awards|
Donald Bernard Schwall (born March 2, 1936 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played with the Boston Red Sox (1961–62), Pittsburgh Pirates (1963–66) and Atlanta Braves (1966–67).
In 1961, Schwall posted a 15–7 record with 91 strikeouts and a 3.22 earned run average, for a Boston team that finished 33 games out of first place and ten games under .500. He won his first six decisions, extended the dazzling first-year stats to 13–2, and won Rookie of the Year honors, beating out Hall of Fame-bound teammate Carl Yastrzemski. At Fenway Park, on July 31, he pitched three innings in the first All-Star Game tie in major league baseball history (1–1), occurred when the game was stopped in the 9th inning due to rain.
After a sub-par 1962 season (9–15), Schwall was sent to Pittsburgh. He and catcher Jim Pagliaroni were traded to the Pirates for first baseman Dick Stuart and pitcher Jack Lamabe. He went 6–12 in 1963, and later switched to a reliever, recording a career-best 2.92 ERA while winning nine games in 1965. The Pirates traded him to the Braves on June 15, 1966 for left-handed pitcher Billy O'Dell. Schwall finished his career with Atlanta early in the next season.
Don Schwall was the second Red Sox player to be named the AL Rookie of the Year, joining Walter Dropo (1950), and later joined by Carlton Fisk (1972), Fred Lynn (1975), Nomar Garciaparra (1997), and Dustin Pedroia (2007).
After leaving baseball, Schwall pursued a career as an investment banker. A friend of Bob Prince, after Prince's death Schwall managed Prince's charitable endeavors for several years. Schwall continued to pursue his college education after becoming a professional baseball player, but never received his degree. In early 2018, he contacted the University of Oklahoma and was informed that he had completed his graduation requirements in 1961. He attended the school's May 2018 graduation ceremonies and received his diploma.
- Collier, Gene (June 4, 2018). "Don Schwall's rich life comes full circle with college degree". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, PA.