LHP 1946-47, 49-55, 57 Indians, White Sox, Senators, Yankees , Orioles, Phillies, Pirates, Cardinals
Kuzava rose to sergeant during WWII, then tried unsuccessfully to crack the Indians
rotation. Traded to the White Sox, he went 10-6 as a rookie in 1949. By mid-1951,
he was a Yankee spot starter and long reliever, going 11-7. In the final game of
the '51 WS, he retired the Giants with the bases loaded to record a save, and in
Game Seven of the '52 Series, set down the last eight Dodgers for another. The latter
performance was especially notable; lefthanders weren't supposed to be able to beat
the Dodgers, who featured a righthanded lineup with the exception of Duke Snider,
especially not in Ebbets Field. But manager Casey Stengel played his hunch and proved
In a rare 1953 start, he lost a no-hitter against the White Sox with one
out in the ninth.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» May 31, 1950: Washington sends 1B Eddie Robinson, P Ray Scarborough and Al Kozar to the White Sox for P Bob Kuzava, 2B Cass Michaels and OF John Ostrowski. Robinson will set a club record in 1951, since-broken, with 29 home runs. |
» June 15, 1951: The Yanks swap pitchers, sending Tommy Byrne to the Browns for Stubby Overmire: New York adds $25,000 to the deal. The Yanks also deal three RH pitchers—Bob Porterfield, Tom Ferrick, and Fred Sanford—to the Senators for needed lefty Bob Kuzava. Porterfield will blossom into the Nats ace over the next five years, but Kuzava will save the final World Series game in 1951 and 1952.
» July 29, 1951: Before a Stadium crowd of 70,972, the Yankees sweep the White Sox, 8–3 and 2–0. DiMaggio powers two homers off Lew Kretlow in the opener, and ex-Sox Bob Kuzava outduels Saul Rogovin to win the nitecap. With yesterday's game rained out, the Sox are now six 1/2 out of first place.
» August 11, 1951:
Eddie Joost homers in the 9th for the A's, who tie the Yanks 4–4, but the Yanks win in 11, 7–4. Sloppy fielding and a two-run single by Berra account for the scoring. The win goes to reliever Bob Kuzava, late of the Senators, while Alex Kellner takes the loss.
» August 8, 1953:
Yankee southpaws Whitey Ford and Bob Kuzava hurl 1-0 and 3-0 shutouts against the White Sox. Kuzava gives up only Bob Boyd's double in the ninth.
» August 17, 1953:
Bob Kuzava of the Yanks shuts out the Athletics 9-0, allowing 11 hits along the way.