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Art Ditmar

Art Ditmar
Pitcher
Born: (1929-04-03) April 3, 1929
Winthrop, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1954, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
May 19, 1962, for the Kansas City Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 72–77
Earned run average 3.98
Strikeouts 552
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Arthur John Ditmar (born April 3, 1929) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Athletics (Philadelphia, 1954 - Kansas City, 1955–56, 1961–62) and the New York Yankees (1957–1961). He batted and threw right-handed and was listed at 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and 185 pounds (84 kg).

A finesse control pitcher, Ditmar divided his career between the Athletics and Yankees. He didn't consider himself a power pitcher, yet the variable-speed fastball was his most common offering. He also had a slider and a good curveball.

Ditmar won 47 games for the Yankees in a span of five years, with a career-high 15 in 1960, despite not getting to pitch on a regular basis in a rotation that included Whitey Ford, Bobby Shantz, Don Larsen and Bob Turley.

In a nine-season career, Ditmar compiled a 72-77 record with 552 strikeouts and a 3.98 ERA in 1268.0 innings.

Facts

  • Ditmar started and lost both Game 1 and Game 5 of the 1960 World Series for the Yankees, lasting only one-third of an inning in each game.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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