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Ned Garver
Born: 1925

  • Uncle of Bruce Berenyi
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  • RHP 1948-61 Browns , Tigers, A

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    • All-Star in 1951

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    Garver became the only 20th century pitcher to win 20 games in a season for a team which lost 100 when he went 20-12 for the 1951 Browns. He led the AL in complete games (24) that season, as he had the previous year (22). His $25,000 contract in 1952 made him the highest-paid Brown in history. Garver had batted .407 in the Ohio State League in 1944, so it was no surprise when he batted .305 in 1951 to pace the Browns. He hit sixth on occasion, and had a .218 lifetime BA with seven HR. His zeal for hitting was arrested midway through his career when Early Wynn nearly beaned him. Garver lost a league-high 17 with St. Louis in 1949. He had very little trouble getting Mickey Mantle out, but found Vic Wertz a particular thorn in his side. (WAB)
    » June 9, 1950: Ned Garver, the Browns best hurler, finally turns the tables on the Red Sox, winning 12–7. Even though losing, the Sox set a ML scoring record for three games at 56 runs.

    » June 30, 1950: Brownie stalwart P Ned Garver loses the game because of his mental error against the White Sox. In what would have been the winning run in regulation, Garver is called out for his failure to touch 3B when rounding it. He loses 3–2 in 13 innings.

    » April 25, 1951: In the opening game, a 8–6 win over the Browns, Eddie Robinson becomes the 8th player, but the first White Sox, to hit a ball over the RF grandstand, added 26 years ago, at Comiskey. His blast comes off Al Widmar. Also leaving the park are Delsing and Wood for St. Louis, and Zarilla for the Sox. Browns ace Ned Garver beats Marv Rotblatt, 7–4, in the nitecap

    » July 1, 1951: In the second game of a doubleheader, the Browns’ Ned Garver, en route to a 20-game season, limits the White Sox to two hits, winning, 3–1. The loss drops the Sox out of the AL lead. Chicago wins the opener, 2–1 in 11 innings on Minoso's 400-foot homer to left center. Minnie's blow breaks up a pitching duel between loser Duane Pillette and Ken Holcombe.

    » August 15, 1951: Al Rosen belts a first inning grand slam to jump start the Indians to a 9–4 win over the Browns, their 13th in a row. For Rosen, it is his 4th slam of the year, just the 9th player to accomplish the feat. Ned Garver gives up seven runs in the first inning in losing to Early Wynn.

    » August 29, 1951: The Yankees pick on the lowly Browns for a 15–2 win at Sportsman's Park. Mickey Mantle has four RBIs including a three run homer in the 9th off Satchel Paige. Ned Garver (15-9) is the loser.

    » September 30, 1951: Preceding the Browns' season closer, the Harlem Globetrotters defeat a team led by baseball clown Max Patkin. The basketball game is played on a wooden court set up behind 3B. Then St. Louis ace Ned Garver cops his 20th game of the season, defeating the White Sox, 9–5. Garver becomes the only player to win 20 for a last-place team that loses 100 games, as the Browns win just 32 other times.

    » October 16, 1951: In a letter written to ML officials, the St. Louis Browns P Ned Garver offers a pay plan that would ameliorate the ill effects of the reserve system he supports. He would have the salaries of players on consistent tail-enders be determined by a rating system by the owners. If the club does not match the "average" salary, then that player should be traded to some other club that can afford his services. Garver adds that he "doesn't care where I play, as long as I get a ‘fair' salary."

    » August 14, 1952: The St. Louis Browns send Ned Garver to the Tigers for slugger Vic Wertz in a deal involving six other players.

    » May 18, 1953: The Tigers and Red Sox split a pair, with Detroit winning the opener 5–2 behind Ned Garver. Walt Dropo has a single, double and triple against his old teammates. His first inning single, off the Green Monster, drives in his American League-leading 26th run. The Sox win the nitecap, 8–5 behind Mel Parnell (5-0) and Ellis Kinder.

    » April 17, 1954: Joe Coleman of the Orioles loses a 3-hitter to the Tigers 1–0. Ned Garver allows five hits in winning.

    » December 3, 1956: The Tigers send pitchers Ned Garver, Gene Host, and Virgil Trucks, 1B Wayne Belardi and $20,000 to the Athletics for pitchers Bill Harrington, Jack Crimian, 1B Eddie Robinson, and 3B Jim Finigan.

    » September 11, 1958: Orioles manager Paul Richards lists three pitchers in his starting line-up, hoping for a scoring chance in the first inning, at which point he can remove the extra pitchers for a batter of his choice. Billy O'Dell, batting 9th at P; Jack Harshman in CF, batting 5th; Milt Pappas at 2B, batting 7th. Only O'Dell bats as he goes to 14–11, losing to KC's Ned Garver, 7–1. The A's plate five in the 8th, paced by Bob Cerv's 33rd home run.