September 18th, 2012

September 18 – Happy Birthday George Uhle

After fourteen seasons as one of the upper tier starting pitchers in the Major Leagues, George “The Bull” Uhle had just about reached the end of the line as the 1933 season reached the halfway point. He was only 34 years old at the time but his right arm had already thrown 3,000 big league innings and the New York Giants had just released him. He had been a three-time twenty-game winner with the Indians during the 1920s, leading the league in victories twice and throwing a total of 25 shutouts. The Yankees were the defending 1932 World Champions but they would not be able to catch the upstart Senators who would eventually win the AL Pennant that year. New York picked up Uhle off waivers and Manager Joe McCarthy pitched him exclusively out of the bullpen at first before giving him a semi-regular spot in the starting rotation. Old George responded well by winning six of his seven decisions that year in pinstripes including four complete games. That effort earned him an invitation back the following year but he could not maintain that level of effectiveness. After a comeback try with the Indians failed in 1936, George Uhle retired for good with an even 200 career victories.

The less famous Brett brother is another former Yankee who celebrates his birthday on September 18. You’ll find Ken Brett’s PBB post here. This short-term Yankee third baseman also shares Uhle’s birthday.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1933 NYY 6 1 .857 5.16 12 6 4 4 0 0 61.0 63 42 35 4 20 26 1.361
1934 NYY 2 4 .333 9.92 10 2 8 0 0 0 16.1 30 19 18 3 7 10 2.265
17 Yrs 200 166 .546 3.99 513 368 114 232 21 25 3119.2 3417 1635 1384 119 966 1135 1.405
CLE (11 yrs) 147 119 .553 3.92 357 267 65 166 16 15 2200.1 2442 1137 959 58 709 763 1.432
DET (5 yrs) 44 41 .518 3.91 128 92 34 62 5 10 828.1 866 425 360 53 224 332 1.316
NYY (2 yrs) 8 5 .615 6.17 22 8 12 4 0 0 77.1 93 61 53 7 27 36 1.552
NYG (1 yr) 1 1 .500 7.90 6 1 3 0 0 0 13.2 16 12 12 1 6 4 1.610
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/20/2013.