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Hobaugh in 1961
|Born: June 27, 1934|
|April 19, 1961, for the Washington Senators|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 1963, for the Washington Senators|
|Earned run average||4.34|
Edward Russell Hobaugh (born June 27, 1934) is a retired American Major League Baseball player. The right-handed pitcher appeared in 61 big league games pitched between 1961 and 1963 for the Washington Senators. Born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, he was listed as 6 feet (1.83 m) tall and 176 pounds (80 kg). He attended Michigan State University.
Hobaugh signed with the Chicago White Sox in 1956, and threw a no-hit game in the Class B Three-I League during his first pro season. He then spent two years (1957–58) serving in the United States Army. After toiling at the Triple-A level for the ChiSox in 1959–60, he was taken by the Senators in the 12th round of the 1960 Major League Baseball expansion draft.
Hobaugh then spent the full season of 1961 and parts of 1962–63 as a member of the Washington MLB pitching staff. He was the starting pitcher in the expansion Senators' fifth official game on April 19, 1961 (against the White Sox) and although he lasted only 22⁄3 innings, he held a spot in Washington's rotation through late July, winning six of 11 decisions and hurling three complete games. He then switched to the bullpen and was primarily a relief pitcher for the remainder of his big-league career. In 1963, Hobaugh began the season in the minor leagues, and apart from a nine-game call-up with the Senators in September, he spent the rest of his pro career in the minors.
The native of Western Pennsylvania was eventually acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates and he spent the remainder of his minor-league pitching career with the Pirates, except for a temporary return to the White Sox system. After retiring from the mound in 1969, Hobaugh briefly managed at Class A in the Pirates' organization.
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