Al Benton

John Alton Benton (March 18, 1911 – April 14, 1968) was an American professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, and Boston Red Sox.

Al Benton
Born: March 18, 1911
Noble, Oklahoma
Died: April 14, 1968 (aged 57)
Lynwood, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1934, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1952, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record98–88
Earned run average3.66
Career highlights and awards


Benton was born in Noble, Oklahoma, a small town a few miles south of Norman, Oklahoma. In 1940, Benton led the American League with 17 saves. In 1941 he went 15–6 with a 2.97 earned run average (ERA) (second in the American League (AL)) in 38 games. He completed seven of 14 starts and got seven saves. Despite his 7–13 mark a year later, his ERA was 2.90 with career-highs in starts (30) and innings pitched (226​23). Benton was chosen for the AL All-Star team in both 1941 and 1942, and then missed the 1943 and 1944 seasons while serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Benton was discharged from the Navy in November 1944 and had his best year in 1945. He compiled a record of 13–8, a career-low 2.02 ERA, five shutouts, and 12 complete games in 191​23 innings. In a remarkable testament to the Tigers pitching in 1945, Hal Newhouser and Benton were No. 1 and No. 2 in ERA among AL pitchers. Newhouser's Adjusted ERA+ in 1945 was 195 and Benton's was 175. The Adjusted ERA+ figures posted by Newhouser and Benton in 1945 rank as the first and fifth best seasons all time for a Detroit Tigers pitcher with at least 150 innings pitched. Benton pitched in relief in three games in the 1945 World Series and gave up only one earned run for a 1.93 World Series ERA.

The rest of his career he worked largely as a setup man or as an emergency starter. A two-time All-Star (1941–42), Benton compiled a career 98–88 record with 697 strikeouts and a 3.36 ERA in 1688​13 innings. He died in a 1968 motel explosion in Lynwood, California, at the age of 57.

Benton is known for being the only pitcher to face both Babe Ruth (in 1934) and Mickey Mantle (in 1952)[1] (Bobo Newsom was also active – but never actually faced Mantle). Benton is also the only player to have two sacrifice bunts in the same inning, against the Cleveland Indians on August 6, 1941.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Al Benton – Biography". IMDb. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians Box Score, August 6, 1941". Baseball Reference.

External links

1934 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1934 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 5th in the American League with a record of 78 wins and 82 losses.

1935 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1935 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 58 wins and 91 losses.

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1938 Detroit Tigers season

The 1938 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The Detroit Tigers compiled a record of 84 wins and 70 losses, good enough for fourth place in the American League. Hank Greenberg hit 58 home runs, and became the first unanimous selection as the American League MVP.

1939 Detroit Tigers season

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1940 Detroit Tigers season

The 1940 Detroit Tigers season was their 40th since they entered the American League in 1901. The team won the American League pennant with a record of 90–64, finishing just one game ahead of the Cleveland Indians and just two games ahead of the New York Yankees. It was the sixth American League pennant for the Tigers. The team went on to lose the 1940 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds 4 games to 3.

1940 Major League Baseball season

The 1940 Major League Baseball season.

1941 Detroit Tigers season

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1941 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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1942 Detroit Tigers season

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1945 Detroit Tigers season

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1946 Detroit Tigers season

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1947 Detroit Tigers season

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1948 Detroit Tigers season

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1949 Cleveland Indians season

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Bobo Newsom

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Mike Moore (baseball)

Michael Wayne Moore (born November 26, 1959), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.

In college Moore pitched for Oral Roberts University, going 28-11 with an ERA of 2.64. The Seattle Mariners drafted him with the first pick overall in the 1981 MLB amateur draft. During a 14-year baseball career, Moore pitched for the Mariners (1982–1988), Oakland Athletics (1989–1992) and the Detroit Tigers (1993–1995).

He made his Major League Baseball debut on April 11, 1982, and played his final game on August 31, 1995. His career concluded with a regular season win-loss record of 161-176 with a 4.39 earned run average, 79 complete games, and 16 shutouts in 450 games pitched (2,831.7 innings pitched). Moore was elected to the American League All-Star team in 1989 and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting.

Moore played for the Athletics in two World Series. He was a member of the A's team that swept the San Francisco Giants in the 1989 World Series, starting and winning two of the four games, and hitting a double as well. He was also on the A's team that lost to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 World Series. In 5 postseason series, Moore compiled a 3-2 won-loss record with a 3.29 earned run average.

The Kid from Cleveland

The Kid from Cleveland is a 1949 sports drama film starring George Brent, Lynn Bari and Russ Tamblyn. Directed by Herbert Kline, the film was released by Republic Pictures.

The Kid from Cleveland tells the story of a "troubled teenaged fan" being helped by his favorite baseball team – the Cleveland Indians. The Indians had just won the 1948 World Series and many of the team's players made appearances along with owner Bill Veeck, co-owner and former Major League Baseball star Hank Greenberg, and then current coach and Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tris Speaker. Also featured were the team's then current and former ballparks, Cleveland Municipal Stadium and League Park. Several Cleveland Indians and Boston Braves players also appear in the film in archive baseball footage segments from the 1948 World Series.

Zeb Eaton

Zebulon Vance Eaton (February 2, 1920 – December 17, 1989), nicknamed "Red," was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball with the Detroit Tigers in 1944 and 1945. Born in Cooleemee, North Carolina, Zeb Eaton played in 6 games for the Tigers in 1944 with no decisions and a 5.74 earned run average. In 1945, he played in 17 games and had a record of 4–2 with an improved ERA of 4.05. Eaton also contributed as a hitter in 1945, with 2 home runs, 10 RBIs, and a double in 32 at bats. Eaton's last major league appearance came as a pinch hitter in Game 1 of the 1945 World Series. He pinch hit for pitcher Al Benton and was struck out by Cubs pitcher Hank Borowy. [1]

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