Lou Grasmick, American baseball player, Died at 91


Louis Junior Grasmick was born on September 11, 1924, in Baltimore, Maryland and died on May 26, 2016.

He was a businessman, philanthropist, and American professional baseball pitcher.

He appeared in two games, pitching five innings in relief for the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1948 season.

He batted and threw right-handed; he stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg).

Lou Grasmick made his minor league debut in 1943.

He relocated through various team farm systems throughout the war years, and joined the Terre Haute Phillies in 1947, winning 12 games for them.

He was treated roughly in his MLB debut on April 22, 1948, against the eventual National League champion Boston Braves, allowing three earned runs, three bases on balls and two hits in one inning of work.

After two days, Lou Grasmick allowed one run in four innings against the Brooklyn Dodgers (on a home run to Arky Vaughan), but did allow two inherited runners to score in an 11–4 Phillie defeat.

Then, Lou Grasmick returned to minor league baseball for the rest of his career.

With only a single in his only at-bat left Grasmick with a rare MLB career batting average of 1.000.

When once asked about knockdown pitches he stated: “If you didn’t thrown a knockdown, you were going to have problems with your teammates, You were expected to protect them, If the other pitcher threw at one for your players, then you had to square the account, It was the way the game was played. A different era now, And players then didn’t have protective helmets.

Lou Grasmick passed away at 91 yrs old.