January 25, 1918|
Grant Parish, Louisiana
|Died: January 31, 1980
|July 27, 1940 for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 25, 1946 for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Earned run average||3.48|
Head was notable for a number of reasons, one of them was the physical challenges he overcame to become a major league baseball player. A natural left-handed pitcher, at the age of 15, Head was involved in a vehicle accident that killed his girlfriend and almost resulted in the amputation of his left arm. After hours of surgery, Head’s arm was saved but he could no longer use it to pitch, so he switched and became a right handed pitcher.
Head joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940 and after compiling a record of 1-2, was sent back to the minor leagues for additional development. He returned in 1942 and was promoted to the team’s starting rotation where he went 10-6 for the season. In 1943, he was not as effective, his record was 9-10, but he recovered in 1944 starting the season 4-3 with a career low ERA of 2.70 before he entered the Army to fulfill his service obligation.
After serving in the Army and not pitching in the majors in 1944-1945, Head pitched a no-hitter in his first start of 1946. Several weeks later, Head injured his right arm and did not pitch for the remainder of the season. He failed to make the major league club in spring training of 1947, and never pitched in the majors again, his no-hitter being one of the last games he ever pitched.
Head died on January 31, 1980 at age 62.
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- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
April 23, 1946
|Brooklyn Dodgers Opening Day