Laddie Renfroe

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Laddie Renfroe
Pitcher
Born: (1962-05-09) May 9, 1962 (age 55)
Natchez, Mississippi
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 3, 1991, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
July 17, 1991, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 0–1
Earned run average 13.50
Strikeouts 4
Teams

Cohen Williams "Laddie" Renfroe is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He pitched in four games with the Chicago Cubs in 1991. Renfroe pitched with a sidearm delivery and appeared primarily as a relief pitcher and closer throughout his nine-year professional career.

Career[edit]

Renfroe pitched for the University of Mississippi where he set a school record for the most wins during his career. While in college, he experimented with a sidearm delivery, which he eventually adopted permanently.[1] He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 25th round of the 1984 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft, and began the 1984 season with the Geneva Cubs.

After three seasons in Class-A ball, Renfroe split both the 1987 and 1988 seasons between the Double-A Pittsfield Cubs and Triple-A Iowa Cubs. Pitching for the Double-A Charlotte Knights of the Southern League in 1989, he led all minor league pitchers with 19 wins, and won the Southern League Pitcher of the Year award that season.[2] He was promoted back to Iowa in 1990, and spent the following three seasons with the club.

He was called up to the Chicago Cubs on July 2, 1991,[2][3] and made his Major League debut the following day at Wrigley Field against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He ultimately appeared in four games as a relief pitcher with Chicago, garnering a 0–1 win–loss record and a 13.50 ERA. He returned to Iowa on July 25.[4]

In September 1992 as a member of the Iowa Cubs, he was injured when struck in the head by an errant baseball.[5] The resultant head trauma caused him speech and vision problems,[2] and he retired thereafter, in part because of sustained complications from the injury.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Renfroe played soccer, football, and baseball in at Nashua High School in Nashua, New Hampshire.[2] He pitched two no-hitters in high school and led his team to the state championship in 1979.[2] After retiring, he coached baseball and soccer[2] and relocated to Olive Branch, Mississippi.[6]

His son David was an infielder in the Boston Red Sox's minor league system from 2010 to 2013.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with Laddie Renfroe: former Chicago Cubs relief pitcher". SIDEARM NATION. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Renfroe: Promising career cut short". The Telegraph. November 4, 1993. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Demotion To Minors Doesn`t Surprise Boskie". Chicago Tribune. July 3, 1991. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ "TRANSACTIONS". New York Times. July 25, 1991. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Head Injury Sidelines Renfroe". Chicago Tribune. September 18, 1992. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Renfroe's homecoming highlights Spinners visit to Holman Stadium". The Telegraph. June 17, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ "David Renfroe Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 

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