Ned Garver, American baseball pitcher, Died at 91


Ned Franklin Garver was born on December 25, 1925, and died on February 26, 2017.

He was an American professional baseball pitcher.

Garver played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1948 to 1961.

For a period during his career was spent playing for perennial second-division teams like the St. Louis Browns and Kansas City Athletics.

During 1951, he had a memorable season pitching for the St. Louis Browns.

Garver compiled a 20-12 record which was noteworthy considering the Browns lost 102 games that year.

Garver also posted a 3.73 ERA that season.

Garver accounted for nearly 40 percent of them, out of the Browns’ 52 total wins

He was captain of the American League in complete games with 24 and, when he pitched, he often batted sixth in the order rather than the customary ninth, compiling a .305 batting average with one home run.

He was also used as a pinch hitter and pinch runner.

When the season was over, he found himself in a three-way tie for first place Most Valuable Player Award votes with Yankees Yogi Berra and Allie Reynolds, though the tally of votes further down the ballots meant that Berra won the award.

Ned Garver passed away 91 years old.