April 1, 1926|
St. Louis, Missouri
|Died: February 10, 2013
|April 24, 1954, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 17, 1955, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||3.90|
After playing for several minor league teams, Thies joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954, pitching in 34 games (33 starts) while collecting a 3–9 record and a 3.87 earned run average in 130 innings. In addition, he hurled three complete games, including a three-hit shutout on August 13 against the Philadelphia Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. His ERA was the second-best for the last-place Pirates, being surpassed only by Dick Littlefield (3.60).
In 1955, Thies made one start for the Pirates at Forbes Field while facing the Brooklyn Dodgers. He allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks, while striking out one batter in 3 2⁄3 innings of work. He was credited with the loss and never appeared in a major league game again.
After baseball, Thies worked in sales for more than 40 years.
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- "Jake Thies Register Statistics & History". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
- "The 1954 PIT N Regular Season Pitching Log for Jake Thies". retrosheet.org. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
- "The 1954 Pittsburgh Pirates Regular Season Roster". retrosheet.org. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
- "Vernon "Jake" Thies: Obituary". legacy.com. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. February 12, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013.