Emil Kush

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Emil Kush
Born: (1916-11-04)November 4, 1916
Chicago, Illinois
Died: November 26, 1969(1969-11-26) (aged 53)
River Grove, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 21, 1941, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
August 3, 1949, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Win-Loss record 21–12
Earned run average 3.48
Innings pitched 346⅓

Emil Benedict Kush (November 4, 1916 – November 26, 1969) was an American professional baseball player, a right-handed pitcher who worked in 150 Major League games for the Chicago Cubs for six seasons (1941–1942; 1946–1949).[1] The native of Chicago, Illinois, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg). He missed three seasons (1943–1945) while serving in the United States Navy during World War II.[2]

Kush enjoyed two banner back-to-back seasons in 19461947, appearing in 87 games and 220⅔ innings pitched, winning 17 of a total of 22 decisions, collecting both of his career complete games and seven of his 12 saves. He posted a cumulative earned run average of 3.18 during those two years.

All told, Kush allowed 324 hits and 158 bases on balls in 346⅓ MLB innings, with 150 strikeouts.

Kush committed suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning on November 26, 1969.


  1. ^ Charlton, James; Shatzkin, Mike; Holtje, Stephen (1990). The Ballplayers: baseball's ultimate biographical reference. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow. p. 592. ISBN 0-87795-984-6. 
  2. ^ Baseball in Wartime.com

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