Vic Raschi

Victor John Angelo Raschi (March 28, 1919 – October 14, 1988) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He was one of the top pitchers for the New York Yankees in the late 1940s and early 1950s, forming (with Allie Reynolds and Eddie Lopat) the "Big Three" of the Yankees' pitching staff. He was nicknamed "The Springfield Rifle".

Later in his career, as a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, he was responsible for allowing Hank Aaron's first career home run.[1]

Vic Raschi
Vic Raschi 1953
Raschi in 1953
Born: March 28, 1919
West Springfield, Massachusetts
Died: October 14, 1988 (aged 69)
Groveland, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 23, 1946, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 13, 1955, for the Kansas City Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record132–66
Earned run average3.72
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Raschi was born in West Springfield, Massachusetts one of four children born to Massimino and Eugizia Raschi. He then went on to graduate from the College of William and Mary.


New York Yankees

Raschi's debut on the New York Yankees was on September 23, 1946, wearing uniform number 12. The next year he wore three different numbers (17, 19, and 43) but number 17 became his from then on during his Yankee career. From 1946 to 1953, Raschi won 120 games while losing 50, a .706 winning percentage. He led the American League in won/lost percentage at .724 (21-8) in 1950, and in strikeouts with 164 in 1951.

Raschi had a .184 career batting average, with seven runs batted in (RBI) in one game, an American League record for pitchers, on August 3, 1953. While playing with the Yankees, he and his wife Sally lived in Hillsdale, New Jersey.[2]

Post-Yankees career

On February 24, 1954, Yankee fans were surprised to see Raschi traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. In the remaining two years of his career, with the Cardinals and Kansas City Athletics (who signed him as a free agent on April 28, 1955 when the Cardinals released him), Raschi won only 12 games while losing 16.

On April 23, 1954, while with the Cardinals, Raschi gave up the first of Hank Aaron's 755 career home runs. Aaron, Major League Baseball's future home run king, had also notched his first career hit off Raschi eight days earlier.

He kept his uniform number 17 on the Cardinals, but on the A's took number 16.


Raschi retired to Geneseo, New York, where he ran a liquor store and served as a baseball coach at Geneseo State College (now the State University of New York at Geneseo). In 1975, the college dedicated the Victor J. Raschi Baseball Field, which is now used as a softball field.[3] Raschi died in Groveland, New York.

See also


  1. ^ "Hank Aaron Career Home Runs". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  2. ^ Gittleman, Sol. Reynolds, Raschi and Lopat: New York's Big Three and Great Yankee Dynasty of 1949–1953, p. 44. McFarland, 2007. ISBN 0-7864-3055-9. Accessed February 5, 2011.
  3. ^ Gittleman, Sol. Reynolds, Raschi and Lopat: New York's Big Three and Great Yankee Dynasty of 1949–1953, p. 204. McFarland, 2007. ISBN 0-7864-3055-9. Accessed March 2, 2011.

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1947 New York Yankees season

The 1947 New York Yankees season was the team's 45th season in New York, and its 47th season overall. The team finished with a record of 97–57, winning their 15th pennant, finishing 12 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers. New York was managed by Bucky Harris. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in 7 games. It was the first ever season of the Yankees to be broadcast live on television with WABD providing the television broadcast feed to viewers in the city.

1948 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1948 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 15th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 13, 1948, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of both the St. Louis Browns of the American League (who were the designated host team) and the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 5–2.

1949 Brooklyn Dodgers season

The 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers held off the St. Louis Cardinals to win the National League title by one game. The Dodgers lost the World Series to the New York Yankees in five games.

1949 New York Yankees season

The 1949 New York Yankees season was the team's 47th season in New York, and its 49th season overall. The team finished with a record of 97–57, winning their 16th pennant, finishing 1 game ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Casey Stengel in his first year. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in 5 games.

1949 World Series

The 1949 World Series featured the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, with the Yankees winning in five games for their second defeat of the Dodgers in three years, and the twelfth championship in team history. This victory would start a record run of five consecutive World Series championships by the Yankees, and was also the first of 14 AL pennants in 16 years (1949–1964 except for 1954 and 1959) for the Yankees.

Both teams finished the regular season with exactly the same records and winning their respective leagues by exactly one game.

1950 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1950 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 17th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 11, 1950, at Comiskey Park in Chicago the home of the Chicago White Sox of the American League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 4–3 in 14 innings. It was the first All-Star game to go into extra innings.

1950 World Series

The 1950 World Series was the 47th World Series between the American and National Leagues for the championship of Major League Baseball. The Philadelphia Phillies as 1950 champions of the National League and the New York Yankees, as 1950 American League champions, competed to win a best-of-seven game series.

The Series began on Wednesday, October 4, and concluded Saturday, October 7. The Phillies had home field advantage for the Series, meaning no games would be played at the Yankees' home ballpark, Yankee Stadium, until game 3. The Yankees won their 13th championship in their 41-year history, taking the Series in a four-game sweep. The final game in the Series resulted in the New York Yankees winning, 5–2 over Philadelphia. It was the only game in the Series decided by more than one run. The 1950 World Series title would be the second of a record five straight titles for the New York Yankees (1949–1953). The two teams would not again meet in the Series for 59 years.

This was also the last all-white World Series as neither club had integrated in 1950. It was also the last World Series where television coverage was pooled between the four major networks of the day: that season, the Mutual Broadcasting System, who had long been the radio home for the World Series, purchased the TV rights despite not (and indeed, never) having a television network. They would eventually sell on the rights to NBC, beginning a long relationship with the sport.

1951 New York Yankees season

The 1951 New York Yankees season was the 49th season for the team in New York, and its 51st season overall. The team finished with a record of 98–56, winning their 18th pennant, finishing five games ahead of the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Casey Stengel. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they defeated the New York Giants in 6 games.

This year was noted for a "changing of the guard" for the Yankees, as it was Joe DiMaggio's final season and Mickey Mantle's first. The 1951 season also marked the first year of Bob Sheppard's long tenure as Yankee Stadium's public address announcer.

1951 World Series

The 1951 World Series matched the two-time defending champion New York Yankees against the New York Giants, who had won the National League pennant in a thrilling three-game playoff with the Brooklyn Dodgers on the legendary home run by Bobby Thomson (the Shot Heard 'Round the World).

In the Series, the Yankees showed some power of their own, including Gil McDougald's grand slam home run in Game 5, at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees won the Series in six games, for their third straight title and 14th overall. This would be the last World Series for Joe DiMaggio, who retired afterward, and the first for rookies Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle.

This was the last Subway Series the Giants played in. Both teams would meet again eleven years later after the Giants relocated to San Francisco. They have not played a World Series against each other since. This was the first World Series announced by Bob Sheppard, who was in his first year as Yankee Stadium's public address announcer. It was also the first World Series to be televised nationwide, as coaxial cable had recently linked both coasts.

1952 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1952 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 19th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 8, 1952, at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the home of the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 3–2 in 5 innings. It was the first All-Star Game—and to date, the only—to be called early due to rain.

Mickey Mantle was selected an All-Star for the first time, as was pitcher Satchel Paige, who a day before the game turned 46 years old. Neither appeared in the game.

1952 World Series

The 1952 World Series featured the 3-time defending champions New York Yankees beating the Brooklyn Dodgers in seven games. The Yankees won their 4th consecutive title, tying the mark they set in 1936–1939 under manager Joe McCarthy, and Casey Stengel became the second manager in Major League history with 4 consecutive World Series championships. This was the Yankees' 15th World Series championship win, and the 3rd time they defeated the Dodgers in 6 years.

In Game 7, the Yankees' second baseman Billy Martin made a great catch, preserving the Yankees' two-run lead. Also, the home run hit by Mickey Mantle during the 8th inning of Game 6 was significant because it was the first of his record 18 career World Series home runs.

The NBC telecasts of Games 6 and 7 are believed to be the oldest surviving television broadcasts of the World Series, as they were preserved via kinescope by sponsor Gillette.

1975 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1975 followed the system in place since 1971.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and

elected Ralph Kiner.

The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players.

It selected three people: Earl Averill, Bucky Harris, and Billy Herman.

The Negro Leagues Committee also met in person and selected Judy Johnson.

Amsterdam Rugmakers

The Amsterdam Rugmakers were a Canadian–American League baseball team based in Amsterdam, New York, USA, that played from 1938 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1951. They played their home games at Mohawk Mills Park and were affiliated with the New York Yankees during their entire existence.

The team won one league championship, in 1940 under manager Eddie Sawyer.Vic Raschi and Daffin Backstrom both played for the Rugmakers.

Billy Loes

William Loes (December 13, 1929 – July 15, 2010) was an American right-handed pitcher who spent eleven seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1950, 1952–56), Baltimore Orioles (1956–59) and San Francisco Giants (1960–61). He appeared in three World Series with the Dodgers, including the only one won by the franchise when it was based in Brooklyn in 1955.

In an 11-season career, Loes posted an 80–63 record with 645 strikeouts and a 3.89 ERA in 1190.1 innings pitched. He made the American League All-Star team in 1957.

Among Major League Baseball's video archives is a television broadcast of the sixth game of the 1952 World Series, of which Loes was one of the starting pitchers. During the game, announcer Red Barber states that Loes was the son of Greek immigrants who had changed his last name. Further, says Barber, Loes would not tell Barber what his original last name was because, according to Loes, Barber would be unable to pronounce, spell or remember that name.

Loes distinguished himself in several ways in the 1952 World Series. When asked how the Dodgers would fare, he predicted the Yankees would win in seven, but was misquoted as saying the Yankees would win in six. During the sixth game, he became the first pitcher in World Series history to commit a balk. In the seventh inning, he was starting his windup when the ball dropped from his hand. "Too much spit on it", he said later. Then a grounder hit by Yankee pitcher Vic Raschi bounced off his leg for a single, allowing a run to score. Afterward, he said he lost the ground ball in the sun.

Loes said that he did not want to be a 20-game winner, "because then I'd be expected to do it every year." His career high in wins came in 1953, when he went 14–8 for the pennant-winning Dodgers.

Gene Markland

Cleneth Eugene Markland (December 26, 1919 – June 15, 1999) was an American Major League Baseball infielder. Nicknamed "Mousey", he appeared in five games for the Philadelphia Athletics during the outset of the 1950 season, but had a nine-year, 1,169-game career in minor league baseball. The native of Detroit, Michigan, stood 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighed 160 pounds (73 kg). He threw and batted right-handed.

Markland's pro career began in 1939 in his hometown Detroit Tigers' organization, but his career was interrupted by four full years of United States Army service during World War II. He returned to baseball in 1946 and, after a stellar 1949 season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons—he hit 25 home runs, batted .305, had 95 runs batted in, and was selected as the third baseman on the International League All-Star Team—Markland received his only Major League trial with the 1950 Athletics.

A rookie at age 30, he made his debut April 25 as a late-inning replacement for second baseman Kermit Wahl, and singled in his first big-league at bat against Vic Raschi of the New York Yankees. He appeared in four more games for the A's, starting three of them at second base, but collected no more hits, although he notched three bases on balls and scored two runs.

He then returned to the minor leagues for the rest of 1950 and all of 1951 before leaving the game.

List of New York Yankees Opening Day starting pitchers

The New York Yankees are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in The Bronx, New York City, New York. They play in the American League East division. 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 Yankees have used 57 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 110 seasons. Since the franchise's beginning in 1901, the 58 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 57 wins, 36 losses, 1 tie (57–36–1), and 17 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. Although in modern baseball, ties are rare due to extra innings, in 1910, New York's Opening Game against the Boston Red Sox was declared a tie due to darkness – at the time, Hilltop Park had lacked adequate lighting.Whitey Ford, Ron Guidry, and Mel Stottlemyre hold the Yankees record for most Opening Day starts with seven. The other pitchers with three or more Opening Day starts for New York are CC Sabathia (6), Lefty Gomez (6), Red Ruffing (5), Jack Chesbro (4), Roger Clemens (4), Bob Shawkey (4), Ray Caldwell (3), Jimmy Key (3), Vic Raschi (3), and most recently Masahiro Tanaka (4). Jimmy Key holds the Yankee record for best Opening Day record with a perfect 3–0.On Opening Day, Yankee pitchers have a combined record of 35–12–1 when playing at home. Of those games, pitchers have a 1–0 record at Oriole Park, a 3–1–1 record at Hilltop Park, a 2–3 record from Polo Grounds, a 28–8 record at Yankee Stadium, and a 1–0 record at Shea Stadium. When on the road for Opening Day, Yankee pitchers have a combined record of 27–27.

During the 1901 and 1902 seasons, the franchise played in Baltimore as the "Baltimore Orioles". The franchise has Opening Day record of 1–1 as Baltimore. After their move to New York in 1903, the franchise was known as the New York Highlanders until 1912. As the Highlanders, they had a 6–3–1 Opening Day record. For seasons in which New York would later win the World Series, the starting pitchers have a 16–8 record.

Myers Field

Myers Field was a ballpark located off of Church Street in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. It served as the home of the Norfolk Tars, a New York Yankees minor league affiliate, from 1940 to 1955. Originally known as High Rock Park, it was renamed Myers Fields in honor of local dentist Eddie Myers.Notable major leaguers like Yogi Berra, Lew Burdette, Whitey Ford, Bob Grim, Mickey Owen, Bob Porterfield, Vic Raschi, Bobby Richardson, Spec Shea, Moose Skowron, Snuffy Stirnweiss and Gus Triandos all played for the Tars and therefore called Myers Field home.

Tod Davis

Thomas Oscar "Tod" Davis (July 24, 1924 – December 31, 1978) was an American professional baseball player of the 1940s and 1950s. The native of Los Angeles appeared in 42 games as an infielder and pinch hitter in Major League Baseball during the 1949 and 1951 seasons for the Philadelphia Athletics. Davis was 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall, weighed 190 pounds (86 kg) and threw and batted right-handed.

During his trials with the Athletics, Davis collected 21 hits. His only big-league home run, hit September 5, 1949, came off Vic Raschi of the New York Yankees at Shibe Park during a 13–4 New York victory. The remainder of Davis' nine-year career (1943–44; 1947–53) was spent in the top-level Pacific Coast League. He appeared in 782 games in the PCL for both Los Angeles-based teams, the Angels and the Hollywood Stars, as well as for the Seattle Rainiers.

Davis served in the United States Army during World War II and its aftermath, and missed the 1945–46 seasons.

Vic (name)

Vic or Vik is short for Victor. It may refer to:

Vic Aldridge (1893–1973), American Major League Baseball pitcher

Vic Bellamy (born 1963), American football player

Vic Chesnutt (1964–2009), American singer-songwriter

Vic Chou, Taiwanese actor, singer and commercial model

Vic Damone (1928–2018), American singer and entertainer

Vic Dana (born 1940), American actor and singer

Vic Davalillo (born 1936), Venezuelan baseball player

Vic Dhillon (born 1969), Canadian politician

Vic Dickenson (1906–1984), African-American jazz trombonist

Vic Duggan (1910–2007), speedway racer who won the London Riders' Championship in 1947

Vic Elford (born 1935), former English sportscar racing, rallying and Formula One driver

Vic Fuentes (born 1983), American singer, songwriter and musician

Vic Godard, British singer-songwriter formerly of the punk group Subway Sect

Vic Grimes (born 1963), American professional wrestler

Vic Howe (1929–2015), Canadian professional ice hockey player

Vic Janowicz (1930–1996), American college and National Football League halfback, member of the College Football Hall of Fame

Vic Kulbitski (1921–1998), American football player

Vic Lee (disambiguation), multiple people

Vic Lewis (1919–2009), British jazz guitarist and bandleader

Vic Maile (1943–1989), British record producer

Vic Mignogna (born 1962), American voice actor and musician

Vic Mizzy (1916–2009), American composer

Vic Morrow (1929—1982), American actor

Vic Perrin (1916–1989), American actor and voice artist

Vic Peters (1955–2016), Canadian curler

Vic Raschi (1919–1988), Major League Baseball pitcher

Vic Reeves (born 1959), English comedian

Vic Ross (1900–74), American lacrosse player

Vic Rouse (disambiguation), multiple people

Vic Ruggiero, musician, songwriter and producer from New York City

Vic Seixas (born 1923), American Hall of Fame former top-10 tennis player

Vic Snyder (born 1947), American politician from the US state of Arkansas

Vic Stasiuk (born 1929), Canadian retired professional ice hockey left winger

Vic Stelly (born 1941), retired businessman from Lake Charles, Louisiana

Vic Stollmeyer (1916–1999), West Indian cricketer

Vic Tayback (1930–1990), American actor

Vic Toews (born 1952), Canadian politician

Vic Wunderle (born 1976), American archer


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