40 Facts About Ned Garver


Ned Franklin Garver was an American professional baseball pitcher.

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Ned Garver played in Major League Baseball for the St Louis Browns, the Detroit Tigers, the Kansas City Athletics, and the Los Angeles Angels.

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Ned Garver suffered a pinched vertebra in 1952, an injury that would forever alter the way he would pitch.

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Ned Franklin Garver was born on December 25,1925, in Ney, Ohio, to parents Arl and Susie Garver.

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Ned Garver grew up rooting for the Detroit Tigers, the closest Major League Baseball team to Ney.

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Ned Garver recalled awaking at midnight and getting the chores done early so that his family could arrive early at Briggs Stadium to watch a doubleheader, something the Garvers did several times during his youth.

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Ned Garver started pitching for his town's local semipro baseball team, playing baseball and basketball at Ney High School.

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Ned Garver did not think he would be able to take advantage of any of these opportunities, as he enlisted in the United States Naval Air Corps in the fall of 1943.

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Ned Garver began his professional career at age 18 in 1944 with the Newark Moundsmen, St Louis' affiliate in the Ohio State League.

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In 1946, Ned Garver was sent to the San Antonio Missions, another Double-A team in the St Louis Browns organization, and he would stay there until the end of the 1947 season.

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Ned Garver was afraid he would be sent back to the minor leagues.

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Ned Garver allowed one hit against a lineup composed mostly of major league regulars and was named to St Louis's roster to begin the season.

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Ned Garver recalled Taylor having Sam Zoldak warm up as well before the game.

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In 1949, Ned Garver was named the Browns' Opening Day starter, the first of four consecutive years in which he would start their first game.

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Ned Garver took the loss when Ken Keltner hit a game-ending sacrifice fly with two outs in the bottom of the inning.

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Ned Garver struggled in the first inning, and catcher Sherm Lollar suggested that he try to "loosen" the Boston hitters.

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Ned Garver responded by throwing brushback pitches at them in the next inning.

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In 1950, Ned Garver led the AL with 22 complete games and finishing with a 3.

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Ned Garver recalled at one point during the game, the Athletics had runners on first and third base with only one out.

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Ned Garver wanted the team to play the infielders farther to the plate, which would make a double play more likely.

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Ned Garver led the AL with 24 complete games, the second year in a row he had thrown the most.

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In Most Valuable Player Award voting, Ned Garver received the same amount of first-place votes as New York Yankees players Yogi Berra and Allie Reynolds, though Berra ultimately took the most shares on ballots and won the award.

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Ned Garver was unable to appear because he was on a barnstorming tour with Satchel Paige, but he did write a letter back to Celler with his views on the subject.

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Ned Garver did propose an arbitration system, in which player's with at least three years experience could have a panel determine their salary.

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Ned Garver called the trade "a dream come true, " as it put him on the team he grew up rooting for.

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Ned Garver led the AL in ERA in mid-May 1954, having posted an 0.

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Ned Garver was the number two starter in Kansas City's rotation in 1959, behind Bob Grim.

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Ned Garver threw 153 complete games, 18 of which were shutouts.

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Ned Garver was most effective when he could keep the ball lower in the strike zone, and at the edges of the plate.

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Ned Garver hoped that hitters would make early contact with his pitches, which would prevent them from figuring out all the different ways he could throw the ball.

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Ned Garver would try to add to his array of pitches during spring training, using the time for experimentation.

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Ned Garver seldom threw a traditional spitball, recalling Harmon Killebrew hitting a home run off of him in one of the only instances he ever threw it.

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Ned Garver would look around the stadium, finding a far off sign to focus on, in order to not concentrate on his worries.

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Ned Garver preferred to pick up the baseball he would start the inning with from the ground, rather than have a player or coach hand it to him.

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Once the inning had started, Ned Garver wanted the third baseman to throw him the ball following each out.

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Ned Garver never played for a first division team, but he did not let that bother him.

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Ned Garver had invested in farms in the area, and he made a living off of farming, as well as working at an area meat packing facility for 18 years.

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Ned Garver served in local government positions as a member of Ney's Village Council and Ney's Park Board.

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Ned Garver was supportive of his professional baseball career, driving to the different cities he pitched in even when the couple had young children.

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Ned Garver died of heart failure in Bryan, Ohio on February 26,2017, at the age of 91.

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