John Buzhardt

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John Buzhardt
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Born: (1936-07-13)July 13, 1936
Prosperity, South Carolina
Died: June 15, 2008(2008-06-15) (aged 71)
Prosperity, South Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 10, 1958, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1968, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Win–loss record71–96
Earned run average3.66

John William Buzhardt (August 17, 1936 – June 15, 2008), was an American professional baseball right-handed pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, and Houston Astros, from 1958 through 1968. His best season came while pitching for the 1965 White Sox, when he won 13 games and lost 8. Buzhardt’s career win-loss record stands at 71–96 with a 3.66 earned run average (ERA).

On June 21, 1959, while pitching for the Cubs, Buzhardt pitched a 4–0, one-hitter against the Phillies, allowing only a third-inning single by Carl Sawatski, and facing just 28 batters (one over the minimum).[1] On July 28, 1961, in the second game of a doubleheader, at Connie Mack Stadium, he pitched a complete game, 3–2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The Phillies then lost their next 23 games in-a-row, a modern-day major league record. They finally won their next game, on August 20, defeating the Milwaukee Braves 7–4, at Milwaukee County Stadium, also in the second game of a doubleheader, and also with Buzhardt going the distance, for the win.[2]

Buzhardt was born in Prosperity, South Carolina, on August 17, 1936. After his baseball career, he returned to his hometown, working as a foreman for the Kodak Company. Buzhardt died in Prosperity, on June 15, 2008, at the age of 71.


  1. ^ "Chicago Cubs 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0". June 21, 1959. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  2. ^ Wolf, Bob (May 7, 1981). "Longest streak was ended here". The Milwaukee Journal. pp. 3, 9, part 3. Retrieved July 19, 2015.

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