Jack Bentley (baseball)
|Born: March 8, 1895|
Sandy Spring, Maryland
|Died: October 24, 1969 (aged 74)|
|September 6, 1913, for the Washington Senators|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 20, 1927, for the New York Giants|
|Earned run average||4.01|
|Career highlights and awards|
John "Needles" Bentley (March 8, 1895 – October 24, 1969) was a professional baseball player. He was a left-handed pitcher over parts of nine seasons (1913–1916, 1923–1927) with the Washington Senators, New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies. For his career, he compiled a 46–33 record in 138 appearances, with a 4.01 ERA (earned run average) and 259 strikeouts. Bentley was a member of the Giants' pennant-winning teams in 1923 and 1924. He was 1–3 with a 4.94 ERA and 11 strikeouts in World Series play.
He was a good hitting pitcher in his major league career. In nine seasons, he compiled a .291 average (170-584) with 7 home runs and 71 RBI. In 1923 Bentley batted .427 (38-89) for the New York Giants. In the 1923 and 1924 World Series, he hit .417 (5-12) with one home run and 2 RBI. He also played 59 games at first base and 3 games in right field in the majors.
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