Jack Curtis (baseball)

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Jack Curtis
Born: (1937-01-11) January 11, 1937 (age 84)
Rhodhiss, North Carolina
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 22, 1961, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
May 1, 1963, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record14–19
Earned run average4.84

Jack Patrick Curtis (born January 11, 1937 in Rhodhiss, North Carolina) is an American former professional baseball player and left-handed pitcher who worked in 69 games in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs (1961–62), Milwaukee Braves (1962) and Cleveland Indians (1963). He was listed as 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and 175 pounds (79 kg) and signed with the Cubs in 1955 after graduating from Granite Falls High School.

Curtis joined the MLB Cubs after two stalwart seasons in minor league baseball. In 1959, he won 20 games (losing 10) with a sparkling 2.84 earned run average for the Class B Wenatchee Chiefs. Then, in 1960, he went 19–8 (3.57) for the Double-A San Antonio Missions and was named the Texas League's pitcher of the year.

In his rookie campaign, 1961, Curtis took a turn in the Cubs' starting rotation and won ten games, tied for second on the team. He threw six complete games. However, he finished below .500 with 13 defeats and posted a poor 4.89 ERA. In 1962 he began the year by going winless in three starts and one relief appearance during April. On April 30, he was traded even-up for veteran Braves' starting pitcher Bob Buhl, a former National League All-Star. But Curtis made only five starts for Milwaukee through the end of 1962 and put up a 4–4 record in 30 games, with one save. At the end of the season, he was traded again, this time to the Cleveland Indians, who had just hired manager Birdie Tebbetts away from the Braves. Curtis appeared in four games for Tebbetts in relief in the early weeks of 1963 and was treated harshly in three of them. He was sent to Triple-A Jacksonville at the May cutdown after allowing ten earned runs in only five innings pitched. The rest of his pro career was spent in the minors. Curtis retired in 1967.

During his MLB career, Curtis compiled a career record of 14–19 with a 4.84 earned run average. In 279 innings pitched, he permitted 328 hits and 89 bases on balls with 108 strikeouts. He was credited with six complete games and two saves.


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