July 23 – Happy Birthday Ray Scarborough

Yankee GM, George Weiss was again on the prowl for some pennant insurance for the last month of the 1952 season. He approached the Red Sox who were willing to sell veteran hurler, Ray Scarborough’s contract to New York.  At the time the deal was made, the right-hander was 1-5 for Boston with an ERA near five. Six weeks later, the Yankees were again headed to a World Series, after holding off a very good Cleveland Indians team by two games, thanks in large part to Scarborough, who went 5-1 for Casey Stengel and posted a Yankee ERA of just 2.91.

If Scarborough got the chance to pitch his entire big league career in pinstripes he may have been much more remembered than he is now. He would get to spend parts of just his last two big league seasons with the Yankees in 1952 and ’53. He spent most of his time in the Majors with the lowly Senators, from 1942, his rookie season, until 1950 when he got traded to the White Sox. He lost two of those seasons to service during WWII. Here’s a hint as to how good a pitcher Ray must have been in his earlier years. In 1948, Washington won just 56 games and finished in seventh place in the then-eight-team American League. There were five starters on that squad. The won-lost records and ERA of the other four were: 8-19, 5.82; 8-15, 3.83; 4-16, 5.88; and 5-13, 4.02. Ray’s record that season was 15-8 with a 2.82 ERA. He finished 80-85 lifetime during his decade-long career.

This other not well-known Yankee pitcher was also born on July 23rd and had two first names in his signature. His Pinstripe Birthday post includes my all-time lineup of Yankees who had last names that are also commonly used as first names. Scarborough also shares a birthday with this long-ago Yankee/Oriole utility player.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1952 NYY 5 1 .833 2.91 9 4 2 1 0 0 34.0 27 11 11 4 15 13 1.235
1953 NYY 2 2 .500 3.29 25 1 10 0 0 2 54.2 52 23 20 4 26 20 1.427
10 Yrs 80 85 .485 4.13 318 168 75 59 9 14 1428.2 1487 755 656 89 611 564 1.469
WSH (7 yrs) 50 53 .485 3.69 179 110 36 41 7 5 909.1 934 449 373 39 401 349 1.468
BOS (2 yrs) 13 14 .481 5.01 65 30 19 9 1 4 260.2 280 153 145 29 96 100 1.442
NYY (2 yrs) 7 3 .700 3.15 34 5 12 1 0 2 88.2 79 34 31 8 41 33 1.353
DET (1 yr) 0 2 .000 8.27 13 0 5 0 0 2 20.2 34 24 19 3 11 12 2.177
CHW (1 yr) 10 13 .435 5.30 27 23 3 8 1 1 149.1 160 95 88 10 62 70 1.487
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/23/2013.

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