Sloppy Thurston

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Sloppy Thurston
Born: (1899-06-02)June 2, 1899
Fremont, Nebraska
Died: September 14, 1973(1973-09-14) (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1923, for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1933, for the Brooklyn Dodgers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 89–86
Earned run average 4.24
Strikeouts 306

Hollis John Thurston (June 2, 1899 – September 14, 1973) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher with the St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators, and Brooklyn Robins between 1923 and 1933. He batted and threw right-handed.[1]


Thurston was born in Fremont, Nebraska, and graduated from John H. Francis Polytechnic High School.[2] He played his first professional game on April 19, 1923, with the St. Louis Browns.

On August 22, 1923, Thurston struck out three batters on nine pitches in the 12th inning of a 3–2 loss to the Philadelphia Athletics. He became the second American League pitcher and the sixth pitcher in major league history to accomplish the "immaculate inning". He is also the first pitcher to achieve the feat in extra innings.

Thurston was a screwball pitcher.[3] He played his last game on October 1, 1933.

Thurston died on September 14, 1973, in Los Angeles. He is interred at Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum in Culver City, California.

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  1. ^ "Sloppy Thurston Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sloppy Thurston". Baseball-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ James, Bill; Neyer, Rob (2004-06-15). The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. Simon and Schuster. p. 52. ISBN 9780743261586. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 

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