RHP 1937-40, 45 Braves , Dodgers
Fette astounded the baseball world when he and fellow rookie teammate Jim Turner
each won 20 games in 1937. More remarkable was that both of the Braves' "ancient
rookies" topped 30 years of age. Fette was a quiet, hard-working, poised pitcher
who shared the league lead in shutouts in 1937 with five, and led in 1939 with six.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» May 19, 1937:
In the first night game of the season, the visiting Bees sting the Reds, 3–1. Rookie Lou Fette is the winner over Johnny Vander Meer, making his first start in the majors. Two railroads run special trains to bring 1500 fans from Southwestern Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.
» October 2, 1937:
Thirty-four-year-old rookie Jim Turner of the Boston
Bees wins his 20th game. The next day, fellow first-year
pitcher Lou Fette will also win his 20th.
» May 23, 1938: The Cubs Bill Lee tops the Braves, 4–1, as the Braves score their only tally in the 4th when pitcher Lou Fette drives in the run. This is the only run that Lee will allow in 47 straight innings going back to the 19th, when he tossed a shutout. He will shut out Pirates, 5–0, on May 27, the Reds, 3–0 on May 30, and the Braves, 4–0, on June 3.