Joe Benz

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Joe Benz
Joe Benz.jpg
Pitcher
Born: (1886-01-21)January 21, 1886
New Alsace, Indiana
Died: April 22, 1957(1957-04-22) (aged 71)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 16, 1911, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
May 2, 1919, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 77–75
Earned run average 2.43
Strikeouts 539
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Louis Benz (January 21, 1886 – April 22, 1957) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1911 to 1919. He played for the Chicago White Sox.[1] Benz's two main pitches were the spitball and the knuckleball.[2]

Benz pitched a no-hitter on May 13, 1914 for the White Sox against the Cleveland Naps.

He was a member of the Sox teams that reached the World Series in both 1917 and 1919, but appeared in neither. Benz had a 7-3 record during the 1917 season and was 8-8 a year later, throwing 10 complete games. But he pitched in just one game during the 1919 season, and was not on the roster for the 1919 World Series, which was tainted by the Black Sox Scandal.

The Benz family was of German Catholic stock, Joe’s grandfather, having emigrated from the Grand Duchy of Baden in 1849.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joe Benz Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  2. ^ Neyer, Rob and James, Bill. The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers (Simon & Schuster, 2004), p. 132.
  3. ^ [1] "The Benz family was of German Catholic stock, Joe’s grandfather, also named Michael, having emigrated from the Grand Duchy of Baden in 1849."

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Preceded by
Jeff Tesreau
No-hitter pitcher
May 31, 1914
Succeeded by
George Davis