August 13, 1903|
Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
|Died: April 22, 1974
|April 17, 1929 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
Last MLB appearance
|May 19, 1935 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||3.81|
Stephen Albert Swetonic (August 13, 1903 – April 22, 1974) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball, who played his entire career for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1929 through 1935. Swetonic batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania and was of Serbian descent.
Swetonic provided a solid support in Pirates' pitching staffs of the early 1930s that included Larry French, Burleigh Grimes, Waite Hoyt, and Ray Kremer. His most productive season came in 1932, when he went 11–6 with a career-high 2.82 ERA and tied for the National League lead with four shutouts. In 1933 he recorded career-numbers in wins (12), starts (21), and innings pitched (164 ⅔ ). His career ended prematurily at the age of 28 because of a chronic sore arm.
Swetonic went to spring training with the Boston Braves in 1934 but did not play in the regular season. In a March 24 game against the Philadelphia Athletics, in St. Petersburg, Florida, he yielded four runs in the first inning. In March 1935, Swetonic was in spring training with the New York Giants team in Miami Beach, Florida. He tossed the final three innings of an intrasquad game between teams captained by Carl Hubbell and Freddie Fitzsimmons on February 28.
- As of 2006, Swetonic has one of the lowest ERA (3.81) of any major league pitcher coming out of University of Pittsburgh with more than 100 innings, behind Bob Malloy (3.26) and Doc Medich (3.77).
- Sports of the Times, None But The Braves, New York Times, March 24, 1934, pg. 11.
- Athletics Score, 9 - 2, New York Times, March 25, 1934, pg. S8.
- Parmalee Is Busy Trying Forkball, New York Times, March 1, 1935, pg. 23.
- Career statistics and player information from
- Baseball Library