Ken Heintzelman

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Ken Heintzelman
Born: (1915-10-14)October 14, 1915
Peruque, Missouri
Died: August 14, 2000(2000-08-14) (aged 84)
St. Peters, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
October 3, 1937, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
August 13, 1952, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 77–98
Earned run average 3.93
Strikeouts 564

Kenneth Alphonse Heintzelman (October 14, 1915 – August 14, 2000) was a professional baseball pitcher. He played all or part of 13 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1937–42 and 1946–47) and Philadelphia Phillies (1947–52).

Heintzelman, who was born in Peruque, Missouri, was originally signed by the Boston Braves in 1935, and was acquired by the Pirates the following year.

Like so many athletes of the greatest generation Heintzelman's playing career was interrupted; he lost three full seasons, in the prime of his career, serving in the army in WWII.

Heintzelman's best season statistically was in 1949 when he finished 9th in voting for the National League MVP for leading the league in shutouts (5) and having a 17–10 win-loss record, 33 games (32 started), 15 complete games, 250 innings pitched, 239 hits allowed, 96 runs allowed, 84 earned runs allowed, 19 home runs allowed, 93 walks allowed, 65 strikeouts, 1 hit batsmen, 2 wild pitches, 1,041 batters faced, a 3.02 ERA and a 1.328 WHIP. The following season, he was a member of the Phillies National League pennant winners.

In 13 seasons Heintzelman had a 77–98 win-loss record, 319 games (183 started), 66 complete games, 18 shutouts, 72 games finished, 10 saves, 1,501​23 innings pitched, 1,540 hits allowed, 746 runs allowed, 656 earned runs allowed, 100 home runs allowed, 630 walks allowed, 564 strikeouts, 14 hit batsmen, 33 wild pitches, 6,497 batters faced, 4 balks, a 3.93 ERA and a 1.445 WHIP.

Heintzelman is the father of former MLB utility infielder Tom Heintzelman. In 2000 Ken died in St. Peters, Missouri, at the age of 84.


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