Mudcat Grant

James Timothy "Mudcat" Grant (born August 13, 1935) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians (1958–64), Minnesota Twins (1964–67), Los Angeles Dodgers (1968), Montreal Expos (1969), St. Louis Cardinals (1969), Oakland Athletics (1970 and 1971) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1970–71). He was named to the 1963[1] and 1965 American League All-Star Teams.

In 1965, he was the first black pitcher to win 20 games in a season in the American League and the first black pitcher to win a World Series game for the American League. He pitched two complete game World Series victories in 1965, hitting a three-run home run in game 6, and was named The Sporting News American League Pitcher of the Year.[2]

Mudcat Grant
BB Mudcat Grant
Grant in 2011
Pitcher
Born: August 13, 1935 (age 83)
Lacoochee, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1958, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1971, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record145–119
Earned run average3.63
Strikeouts1,267
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Career

Grant signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1954 as an amateur free agent and made his big league debut with the Indians in 1958. His best season in Cleveland was in 1961 when he had a won-loss record of 15-9 and a 3.86 earned run average. In June 1964, he was traded to the Minnesota Twins and had a record of 11-9 for the remainder of the season. In 1965 Grant had the best year of his career. He was 21-7 for the Twins, helping to lead the team to the 1965 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1965, Grant hosted a local Minneapolis variety television program, The Jim Grant Show, where he sang and danced.[3]

He finished 6th in voting for the 1965 American League MVP for leading the league in wins, won-loss percentage (.750), and shutouts (6). He also started 39 games and had 14 complete games, 270 ⅓ innings pitched, 252 hits allowed, 34 home runs allowed, 107 runs allowed, 99 earned runs allowed, 61 walks, 142 strikeouts, 8 wild pitches, 1,095 batters faced, 2 intentional walks issued, and a 3.30 ERA. Grant's home run in the 6th game of the 1965 World Series was only the second by an American League pitcher during a World Series game.

1966 was Grant's last year as a full-time starting pitcher. He spent his next five seasons in baseball as a reliever and occasional starter for five different big league clubs.

Grant was the starting pitcher for the Montreal Expos in their first ever game on April 8, 1969. He pitched 1.1 innings while allowing six hits and three runs, starting his season off with a 20.25 ERA, although the Expos would later win the game in an 11-10 shootout that had nine combined pitchers in the game.[4]

In 14 years, he had a 145-119 record in 571 games, while starting in 293 of them and throwing 89 complete games and finishing 160 of them, 18 shutouts, 53 saves, with 2,442 innings pitched on a 3.63 ERA. Grant's home run during Game 6 of the 1965 World Series was the only one he hit that season and one of only seven he hit in his entire career.

After his playing career ended, Grant worked for the North American Softball League, one of three Men's Professional Softball Leagues active in the pro softball era. He later worked as a broadcaster and executive for the Indians, and also as a broadcaster for the Athletics.

In recent years, Grant has dedicated himself to studying and promoting the history of blacks in baseball. On his official website, Grant pays tribute to the fifteen black pitchers (including himself) who have won 20 games in a season.[5] The "15 Black Aces" are: Vida Blue, Al Downing, Bob Gibson, Dwight Gooden, Grant, Ferguson Jenkins, Sam Jones, Don Newcombe, Mike Norris, David Price, J. R. Richard, CC Sabathia, Dave Stewart, Dontrelle Willis, and Earl Wilson. In 2007, Grant released The Black Aces, Baseball's Only African-American Twenty-Game Winners,[6] featuring chapters on each of the black pitchers to have at least one twenty-win season, and also featuring Negro League players that Mudcat felt would have been twenty game winners if they were allowed to play. The book was featured at the Baseball Hall of Fame during Induction Weekend 2006. In February 2007 during an event to honor Black History Month, President George W. Bush honored Grant and fellow Aces, Ferguson Jenkins, Dontrelle Willis and Mike Norris, and the publication of the book, at the White House.[7]

On April 14, 2008, he threw out the ceremonial opening pitch at Progressive Field to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his major league debut. Grant was also awarded the key to the city to honor the occasion.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ Reichler, Joe (8 July 1963). "NL is 6-5 choice in All-Star Game". Lundington Daily News. p. 6. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
  2. ^ Wancho, Joseph. "Mudcat Grant". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  3. ^ http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/peabody/id:1965_65008_ent_1-2
  4. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN196904080.shtml
  5. ^ "The Black Aces". www.theblackaces.com. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  6. ^ Bollinger, Rhett (6 February 2017). "Mudcat Grant reflects on career, Black Aces". MLB.com. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  7. ^ "President Bush Celebrates African American History Month". georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov. The White House. 12 February 2007. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  8. ^ Lubinger, Bill (26 January 2010). "When They Played The Game: Long after leaving the Indians, Mudcat Grant still pitches his fondness for Cleveland". cleveland.com. The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 29 December 2018.

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1959 Cleveland Indians season

The 1959 Cleveland Indians season was the 59th in franchise history. The Indians finished in second place in the American League with a record of 89 wins and 65 losses, five games behind the AL Champion Chicago White Sox.

1963 Cleveland Indians season

The 1963 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished tied for fifth in the American League with a record of 79–83, 25½ games behind the New York Yankees.

1964 Minnesota Twins season

After winning 91 games the previous two seasons, the 1964 Minnesota Twins slumped to 79–83, a disappointing tie for sixth with the Cleveland Indians in the American League, 20 games behind the AL champion New York Yankees.

1965 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1965 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 36th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played on July 13, 1965, at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota. The game resulted in a 6–5 victory for the NL.

1965 Minnesota Twins season

The 1965 Minnesota Twins won the 1965 American League pennant with a 102–60 record. It was the team's first pennant since moving to Minnesota, and the 102 wins was a team record.

1965 World Series

The 1965 World Series featured the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers against the American League champion Minnesota Twins. It is best remembered for the heroics of Sandy Koufax, who was named the series MVP. Koufax did not pitch in Game 1, as it fell on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, but pitched in Game 2 and then tossed shutouts in Games 5 and 7 (with only two days of rest in between) to win the championship.

The Twins had won their first pennant since 1933 when the team was known as the Washington Senators. The Dodgers, prevailing in seven games, captured their second title in three years, and their third since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.

1969 Montreal Expos season

The 1969 Montreal Expos season was the inaugural season in Major League Baseball for the team. The Expos, as typical for first-year expansion teams, finished in the cellar of the National League East Division with a 52–110 record, 48 games behind the eventual World Series Champion New York Mets. They did not win any game in extra innings during the year, which also featured a surprise no-hitter in just the ninth regular-season game they ever played. Their home attendance of 1,212,608, an average of 14,970 per game, was good for 7th in the N.L.

Black Aces

The Black Aces are a group of black pitchers who have won at least 20 Major League Baseball games in a single season. The term comes from the title of a book written by former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Mudcat Grant, one of the members of the group.In the first years after the desegregation of MLB, teams who drafted African American pitchers often converted them into position players; few were allowed to continue pitching. Grant is the first African American 20-game winner in American League history. Two members of the Black Aces, Bob Gibson and Ferguson Jenkins, are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The group has organized formally to promote their successes and encourage the development of future black players.Some black pitchers from Latin America, notably Luis Tiant, have expressed disappointment that they are not included in this group. Meanwhile, Ferguson Jenkins is a Black Canadian, although he can trace his ancestry on his mother's side to escaped U.S. slaves.

Detroit Auto Kings

The Detroit Auto Kings were a professional softball team that played during the 1980 season in the North American Softball League (NASL), one of three Men's Professional Softball Leagues active in the pro softball era. The Auto Kings played at Memorial Field in Eastpointe, Michigan, (named East Detroit at that time) and took over as the Detroit professional team when the Detroit Caesars disbanded after their 1979 season in the American Professional Slow Pitch League (APSPL). The Auto Kings roster featured five members of Detroit Caesar teams – outfielder Dan Murphy, third-baseman Gary Geister, outfielder Mike Gouin, first-baseman Cal Carmen, and pitcher Tony Mazza. Mike Gouin also served as team manager.

Two teams came to the newly formed NASL from the APSPL – the Cleveland Competitors, owned by Ted Stepien, NASL President and then owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, along with the APSPL champion Milwaukee Schlitz. Former MLB players Mudcat Grant and Joe Pepitone served as PR officials for the league. Pepitone was a former player for the Trenton franchise in the APSPL. Continuing the Caesars tradition of former Detroit Tigers turning to play professional softball, the Auto Kings featured former Detroit Tigers outfielder Mickey Stanley. The only two Auto Kings to appear in the top-ten categories were Gary Geister, who finished 5th in the NASL with 31 home-runs, while teammate Jerry Gadette finished 10th with 24. 3B/SS Mike Turk was the only Auto King to receive all-league honors in 1980.

The Auto Kings advanced to the playoffs with a 34-23 record, winning the semi-finals 4-1 over Cleveland (6-4, 8-7, 19-4, 5-10, 14-5). Detroit would advance to the NASL World Series and lose to the Milwaukee Schlitz 5-2 (19-11, 10-12, 12-16, 22-13, 13-4, 12-3, 11-9). Ken Parker of Milwaukee would take the World Series MVP trophy while Ron Olesiak of Chicago was the league MVP. The Auto Kings folded after the season and the NASL would merge with the APSPL to form a new unified pro league, the United Professional Softball League (USPL). That league folded in 1982, ending the men's professional softball era.

Dick Simpson

Richard Charles "Dick" Simpson (born July 28, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former Major League Baseball right fielder and center fielder. He played from 1962-1969 for the Los Angeles/California Angels, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, New York Yankees and Seattle Pilots. During an 8-year baseball career, Simpson hit .207, 15 home runs, and 56 runs batted in. He was listed at 6'4" and 176 lbs.

Originally signed by the Angels as a free agent in 1961, he made his debut with them on September 21, 1962 at age 19 against the Cleveland Indians. He pinch hit for pitcher Fred Newman and singled off Mudcat Grant, driving in Leo Burke in his only at bat. Simpson appeared in five more games for the Angels that season, then returned to the team in 1964. Before the 1964 season began, Angels general manager Fred Haney touted Simpson as a possible Rookie of the Year candidate. In December of 1965, Simpson would also be involved in a trade to Cincinnati in a deal involving future Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.

Gary Waslewski

Gary Lee Waslewski (July 21, 1941, in Meriden, Connecticut) is a former Major League Baseball player who played as a pitcher from 1967 to 1972. He was 11–26 with 5 saves in his career, with an ERA of 3.44.He attended Berlin High School in Kensington, Connecticut and the University of Connecticut.Waslewski made his major league debut in 1967 with the Boston Red Sox. In 1968, he was one of 10 pitchers who led the American League (AL) with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. On December 3, 1968, he was traded by the Red Sox to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ducky Schofield. On June 3 the following season, he was traded by the Cardinals to the Montreal Expos for Mudcat Grant. On May 15, 1970, he was traded by the Expos to the New York Yankees for Dave McDonald. Released by the Yankees on April 3, 1972, he signed as a free agent on May 15, 1972, with the Oakland Athletics.In between, Wasleski played winter ball with the Navegantes del Magallanes club of the Venezuelan League in the 1965-66 season. There he hurled a 16-inning, 3–2 victory, the third-best overall record in the league for the most innings pitched in a game, behind Johnny Hetki (18, in 1951-52) and Alex Carrasquel (17, in 1946).His elder son, Gary Jr., was a fine pitcher at Princeton University before becoming a successful orthopedic surgeon in the Arizona area, specializing in sports medicine.

George Banks (baseball)

George Edward Banks (September 24, 1938 – March 1, 1985) was an American professional baseball player. He was a prolific home run hitter in minor league baseball, smashing 223 homers over an 11-year career in the minors. A third baseman and outfielder, he played 106 games of Major League Baseball during all or parts of five seasons (1962–1966) for the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians. Banks threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg).

Banks was born in Pacolet Mills, South Carolina. He signed originally with the New York Yankees in 1957, and made it only to the Eastern League in the Bombers' system. But after back-to-back minor league seasons in which he hit 29 and 30 home runs, Banks was chosen by the Twins in the 1961 Rule 5 draft and spent the entire 1962 campaign on the Twins' MLB roster. He appeared in 63 games during his rookie season, and batted .252 with four home runs and 15 runs batted in. It was his only full campaign in the Major Leagues. In June 1964 he was part of a key trade, when the Twins sent Banks and pitcher Lee Stange to the Indians for right-handed pitcher Mudcat Grant; Grant would win 21 games and lead the Twins to the 1965 American League championship. Banks played in only 17 games for Cleveland over parts of three seasons, and spent most of the rest of his career in the minors at the Triple-A level. He retired after the 1968 campaign.

George Banks died at age 46 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease). Athletic fields in his native town of Pacolet are named in his memory.

Jim Grant (baseball)

This article is about the 1920s baseball pitcher. For Jim "Mudcat" Grant, see Mudcat Grant.James Ronald Grant (August 4, 1894 – November 30, 1985) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1923 season. Listed at 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), 180 lb., Grant batted right-handed and threw left-handed. He was born in Coalville, Iowa.

Grant, who played most of his career in the Minor leagues, pitched from 1916 to 1923 for the Des Moines Boosters and Sioux City Packers of the defunct Western League before joining the Phillies. In two relief appearances for Philadelphia, Grant posted a 13.50 earned run average in 4.0 innings of work, giving up eight runs (two unearned) on 10 hits and four walks. He did not get a decision and was not credited with a save or a strikeout.

Following his majors stint, Grant pitched for the Waterloo Hawks (1926–1928) and Shreveport Sports (1930), before returning to Des Moines (now the Demons) for three and a half seasons (1930–1933). He collected a 106–61 record in ten minor league seasons.

Grant died in Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of 91.

Jim Mahoney

James Thomas Mahoney (born May 26, 1934, in Englewood, New Jersey) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop. He was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies before the 1953 season and played for the Boston Red Sox (1959), the Washington Senators (1961), Cleveland Indians (1962), and Houston Astros (1965).

Mahoney was the first player to appear as a pinch runner in modern Washington Senators history. On April 10, 1961, in the bottom of the ninth inning, he entered the game for second baseman Danny O'Connell, who had singled with one out. He reached second on an R. C. Stevens grounder to third, but did not score, as the next batter made the third out. The Senators lost to the Chicago White Sox, 4-3.

Other career highlights include:

one 3-hit game...three singles and two runs scored in a 9-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers (May 11, 1961)

a home run vs. the New York Yankees in front of 70,918 fans at Cleveland Stadium (June 17, 1962)

hit a combined .381 (8-for-21) against All-Stars Eddie Fisher, Mike Fornieles, Mudcat Grant, and Dave StenhouseMahoney had a career (.966 fielding percentage) and a batting average of .229 with 4 home runs, 15 RBI, and a slugging percentage of .314 in 210 at bats. He scored 32 runs in 120 games.

After his playing career, he was a Major League coach for the Chicago White Sox (1972–76) and Seattle Mariners (1985–86), and managed in the farm systems of the White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins.

Keokuk Indians

After baseball began in Keokuk, Iowa in 1875, the Keokuk Indians was the primary nickname of Keokuk minor league baseball teams. After the Indians (1904–1915, 1929–1933, 1935), Keokuk was home of the Keokuk Pirates (1947–1949), Keokuk Kernels (1952–1957), Keokuk Cardinals (1958–1961) and the Keokuk Dodgers (1962). Notable Keokuk alumni include Bud Fowler, Roger Maris and Tim McCarver.

List of Cleveland Indians broadcasters

The Cleveland Indians are currently heard on the radio on flagship stations WTAM 1100 AM and WMMS 100.7. Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus comprise the announcing team.On the television side, the games air on SportsTime Ohio (STO), with select games simulcast on WKYC channel 3 in Cleveland (NBC). Matt Underwood handles play-by-play duties with former Indian Rick Manning as analyst, and Andre Knott as field reporter.

Years are listed in descending order.

List of Minnesota Twins Opening Day starting pitchers

The Minnesota Twins are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They play in the American League Central division. They formerly played in Washington, D.C. as the Washington Senators before moving to Minnesota after the 1960 season. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. The Twins have used 26 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 51 seasons in Minnesota. Starters have a combined Opening Day record of 14 wins, 25 losses and 12 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game.Brad Radke holds the Minnesota Twins record for most Opening Day starts with nine. He has a record in Opening Day starts for the Twins of four wins and two losses (4–2) with three no decisions. Bert Blyleven had six Opening Day starts for the Twins and Frank Viola had four. Radke has the record for most wins in Minnesota Twins Opening Day starts with four. Liván Hernández, Mudcat Grant, and Dean Chance share the best winning percentage in Opening Day starts with one win and no losses (1–0) each. Kevin Tapani has the worst winning percentage, losing both Opening Day starts he made for the Twins (0–2).Overall, Minnesota Twins Opening Day starting pitchers have a record of 4–7 with three no decisions at Metropolitan Stadium and a 1–4 record with one no decision at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Their first home opener in their current ballpark of Target Field was in 2013. This gives their Opening Day starting pitchers' combined home record 5–11 with four no no decisions. Their away record is 9–14 with eight no decisions. The Twins went on to play in the World Series in 1965, 1987, and 1991, winning in 1987 and 1991. The Twins lost both Opening Day games in the years in which they won the World Series.

Mudcat

Mudcat may refer to:

Catfish native to the Mississippi Delta's "muddy waters," especially the yellow bullhead

Mudcat Café, folk music website

Mudcat Grant (born 1935), baseball player

David "Mudcat" Saunders, American political consultant

Carolina Mudcats, minor league baseball team in North Carolina.

Former Carolina Mudcats (1991–2011) minor league baseball team, now the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

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