November 10, 2008

BUT HE NEVER SPIT ON A SPALDEEN:

Ex-Dodgers star Roe passes away: 'Preacher' named Pitcher of the Year by Sporting News in 1951 (Ken Gurnick, 11/09/08, MLB.com)

Left-hander Preacher Roe, a five-time All-Star who pitched for the Dodgers in three World Series, died Sunday night from colon cancer. He was 92.

Roe played for the Cardinals and Pirates before being acquired by Brooklyn's Branch Rickey in 1948. He went 22-3 in 1951, when The Sporting News named him pitcher of the year. He went 93-37 as a Dodger, threw a 1-0 shutout over the Yankees in the 1949 World Series, a complete-game victory in the 1952 World Series and had a 2.54 ERA in five World Series appearances.

He retired to run a supermarket in Missouri after the 1954 season with a career mark of 127-84, 3.34 ERA and 101 complete games.

Roe transitioned from a hard-thrower in his early years to a crafty finesse pitcher during his most successful seasons, although in a 1955 Sports Illustrated interview he admitted to throwing a spitball.


He lived on the Father Judd's block in Brooklyn, back when the players really would come out and play in the street.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 10, 2008 7:47 PM
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