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Encyclopedia > Bucky Walters

William Henry "Bucky" Walters (April 19, 1909 - April 20, 1991) was a American Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Walters played for the Boston Braves (1931-32, 1950), Boston Red Sox (1933-1934[start]), Philadelphia Phillies (1934[end]-1938[start]) and Cincinnati Reds (1938[end]-1948). He batted and threw right handed. April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (110th in leap years). ... 1909 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... April 20 is the 110th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (111th in leap years). ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ... A baseball pitcher delivers the ball to home plate In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitchers mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter who attempts to either make contact with it or draw a... Independence Hall Philadelphia (sometimes referred to as Philly or the City of Brotherly Love) is the fifth most populous city in the United States and the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, both in area and population. ... The Atlanta Braves are a Major League Baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... * Division notes: In 1981, the Phillies finished with the best record in the Eastern Division prior to stoppage of play in the middle of the season due to the players strike, which forced the season to be split into two halves. ... The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...

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Career

In a 16-season career, Walters posted a 198-160 record with 1107 strikeouts and a 3.30 ERA in 3104.2 innings. In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K, K-S, or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. ...


Walters started his career as a third baseman for the Boston Braves in 1931. After two seasons, he failed with the Braves but hit .376 in the Pacific Coast League to earn a shot with the Boston Red Sox in 1933. The position of the third baseman A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in the sport of baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base, the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in a counterclockwise succession in order to score a run. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ...


It wasn't until Walters was purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Red Sox in the 1934 midseason that he reverted to pitching. Walters developed as a sinker-ball specialist, and after winning 14 games and led the National League with 34 starts in 1937, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1938 midseason. In baseball, a pitch is the act of throwing a baseball toward home plate to start a play. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... See also: 1936 in sports, other events of 1937, 1938 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing Wally Parks founds the Road Runners Club, considered to be the start of organized drag racing. ...


From 1939-40, Walters helped the Reds to win two straight pennants, leading in each season the NL pitchers in wins, ERA, complete games and innings pitched. His most productive season came in 1939, when he won the Triple Crown with 27 victories, a 2.29 ERA, and 137 strikeouts (tied with Claude Passeau). For his performance, Walters garnered Most Valuable Player honors, the second of three straight Cincinnati players to win the award (Ernie Lombardi and Frank McCormick were the others). In 1940, Walters won 22 games and posted a 2.48 ERA. In baseball, a complete game (denoted by CG) is the act of a pitcher pitching an entire game himself, without the benefit of a relief pitcher. ... See also: 1938 in sports, other events of 1939, 1940 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Auto Racing August 11 - Jean Bugatti, automobile designer and the 30-year-old son of Ettore Bugatti, died in... In baseball, the Triple Crown refers to: A batter who (at seasons end) leads the league in three major categories -- home runs, runs batted in, and batting average. ... Claude William Passeau (April 9, 1909 - August 30, 2003) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Ernesto Natali Lombardi (April 6, 1908 - September 26, 1977) was a Major League Baseball player and catcher during the 1930s and 1940s. ... 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...


When the Yankees swept the Reds in four games In the 1939 World Series, Walters started and lost Game Two and was the loser in relief of the final game. Nevertheless, in the 1940 WS, facing Detroit, Walters gave the National League its first Series game victory in three years with a three-hitter in Game Two. Four days later, he evened the Series for the Reds in Game Six with a five-hit shutout. He also became the first pitcher in 14 years to hit a home run in the Series. In Game Seven, the Reds won their second WS championship. The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... The 1939 World Series featured the three-time defending champion New York Yankees against the Cincinnati Reds, who were making their first Series appearance since the scandal-tainted 1919 World Series. ... A relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen as the game goes on A relief pitcher or reliever is a baseball or softball pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness or fatigue. ... The 1940 World Series matched the Cincinnati Reds against the Detroit Tigers, with the Reds winning the Series in 7 games for their second championship, their first since the scandal-tainted victory in the 1919 World Series. ... The Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... In baseball, a shutout refers to a game in which one team wins without allowing the opposing team to score any runs. ... For other uses of the phrase see Home run (disambiguation) In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run for each runner who was already on...


In 1944, Walters posted a league-high 23 wins while losing only 8, and compiled a career-best 2.40 ERA. He was named interim manager during the 1948 season, his last playing in Cincinnati, and was relieved late in 1949. As a manager, he had a 81-123 record. He returned to pitching in 1950, and made a four-inning relief appearance with the Braves. See also: 1943 in sports, other events of 1944, 1945 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball May 7 - Chucho Ramos made his major league debut as first baseman and outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds. ... In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager; this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ... See also: 1947 in sports, 1949 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball January 29: Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players. ... See also: 1949 in sports, 1951 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Bill Rexford AAA Racing: Henry Banks won the series championship Johnnie Parsons won the Indianapolis 500 Formula One Champion: The first World Championship for drivers under the jurisdiction of the Fédération...


Following his retirement as a player, Walters coached for the Braves and Giants through 1957. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1958. The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ... The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame was instituted in 1958 to recognize the career of former Cincinnati Reds players, managers and front-office executives. ... 1958 was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In early 1966, a man claiming to be Bucky Walters was in Petersburg, Virginia, traveling to one of the Carolinas. He was destitute, saying he retired from major league baseball before pensions were established and most recently lived in Montreal. His house there burned and he was hitch-hiking to find help with family in the South and had been sleeping behind billboards.


Bucky Walters died in Abington, Pennsylvania, just one day after of his 82nd birthday. Abington Township, Pennsylvania may refer to: North Abington Township, Pennsylvania West Abington Township, Pennsylvania South Abington Township, Pennsylvania This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Highlights

  • 6-time All-Star (1937, 1939-42, 1944)
  • National League MVP (1939)
  • Twice Top-5 NL MVP (1940, 1944)
  • NL Triple Crown (1939)
  • 3-time led NL in wins (1939-40, 1944)
  • 3-time led NL in complete games (1939-41)
  • Twice led NL in games started (1937, 1939)
  • Twice led NL in ERA (1939-40)
  • Led NL in strikeouts (1939)
  • His 42 career shutouts ranks him 38th in the All-Time list

Fact

Wes Ferrell with the Red Sox Wesley Cheek Ferrell (February 2, 1908 - December 9, 1976) was a right-handed pitcher also known for his hitting, and a member of the first American League All-Star team in 1933. ... Baseball In Baseball, a Pinch hitter is a common term for a substitute batter. ... // Events and trends The 1940s were dominated by World War II, the most destructive armed conflict in history. ...

External link

  • Baseball-Reference.com - career statistics and analysis

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It wasn't until Walters was purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Red Sox in the 1934 midseason that he reverted to pitching.
Walters developed as a sinker-ball specialist, and after winning 14 games and led the National League with 34 starts in 1937, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1938 midseason.
In early 1966, a man claiming to be Bucky Walters was in Petersburg, Virginia, traveling to one of the Carolinas.
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