Eli Grba

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Eli Grba
Eli Grba.jpg
Born: (1934-08-09)August 9, 1934
Chicago, Illinois
Died: January 14, 2019(2019-01-14) (aged 84)
Florence, Alabama
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 10, 1959, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
August 4, 1963, for the Los Angeles Angels
MLB statistics
Win–loss record28–33
Earned run average4.48

Eli Grba (August 9, 1934 – January 14, 2019) was a Major League Baseball pitcher.

During his five-year baseball career, Grba, a graduate of Chicago's Bowen High School, pitched for the New York Yankees (1959–1960) and Los Angeles Angels (1961–1963); he made one pinch-running appearance in the 1960 World Series.

The Angels drafted Grba with the first selection in the 1960 MLB expansion draft, and he started the first game in club history on April 11, 1961, pitching nine innings in a 7–2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

He spent two full seasons in the Angels' starting rotation, and held the team's all-time wins record (19 wins) at the end of the second season but also held the team's all-time losses record (22 losses).[1]

His major league career ended during the 1963 season when he was 28 years old.

Grba died on January 14, 2019, at the age of 84.[2]


  1. ^ "Historical MLB, Minor League and College Statistics". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Eli Grba Obituary

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