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Encyclopedia > Spud Chandler
Spud Chandler
Starting pitcher
Born: September 12, 1907
Died: January 9, 1990 (aged 82)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 6, 1937
for the New York Yankees
Final game
September 26, 1947
for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Record     109-43
ERA     2.84
Strikeouts     614
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Star (AL): 1942-1943, 1946-1947
  • MVP (AL): 1943
  • Major League Player of the Year (MLB): 1943
  • Only Yankee pitcher to ever win a MVP Award
  • Highest career winning percentage (.717) for any pitcher with at least 100 victories or 1000 innings pitched
  • Led the American League in ERA in 1943
  • Led the American League in wins in 1943

Spurgeon Ferdinand "Spud" Chandler (September 12, 1907 - January 9, 1990) was an American right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the New York Yankees from 1937 through 1947. He was named the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1943 after anchoring the team's pitching staff with 20 wins and only 4 losses as New York won its third consecutive pennant; his 1.64 earned run average in that season was the lowest by any major league pitcher between 1920 and 1967, and remains a Yankees team record. In eleven seasons, he never suffered a losing record; with a total of 109 wins and 43 losses, his career winning percentage of .717 is the highest of any pitcher with at least 100 victories. 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. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Biography

Chandler attended the University of Georgia, near his birthplace and hometown of Royston, Georgia, and played football as a halfback, throwing a touchdown pass to help defeat Yale in a 1929 game dedicating a new stadium; he also pitched for the baseball team and competed on the track team. After graduating with a degree in agriculture, he spent five seasons in the Yankees organization after signing with the team, his favorite since boyhood. He finally made his major league debut at age 29 on May 6, 1937, and went 7-4 that season with a 2.84 ERA and 6 complete games (including 2 shutouts). The following year he was 14-5, and in 1939 he was 3-0 in 11 relief appearances; but although the Yankees won the World Series in each of the three years, Chandler did not appear in the postseason. Bothered by injuries during his early career, after records of 8-7 and 10-4 in 1940 and 1941 he improved further to 16-5 in 1942, finishing third in the AL with a 2.38 ERA and earning his first of four All-Star selections; he was the All-Star Game's winning pitcher in 1942. He had one start in the World Series each year, but lost both times, as the Yankees won in 1941 and lost in 1942. The University of Georgia (UGA) is the largest institution of higher learning in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... Royston is a city located in Franklin County, Georgia. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... “Yale” redirects here. ... A womens 400m hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ... is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1937 throughout the world. ... 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. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1942 throughout the world. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World...


By far his most outstanding year came in 1943. That year, in addition to his record-setting ERA, he led the league with 20 wins in 30 starts, and also with 20 complete games and 5 shutouts. In 253 innings pitched, he gave up 46 earned runs, only 5 of which came via home runs. His 134 strikeouts were 3rd in the league, and equalled his combined total of the previous two seasons; he made the AL All-Star team for the second time. He finally had a successful World Series, pitching two complete game victories including a shutout in the final Game 5, as the Yankees defeated the St. Louis Cardinals. Winning the MVP award, he beat out Luke Appling of the Chicago White Sox, who had won his second batting title with a .328 mark, along with 192 hits, 33 doubles, and an on base percentage of .419; he also drove in 80 runs and stole 28 bases. Chandler remains the only Yankee pitcher to win the Most Valuable Player award. Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ... The 1947 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers, with the Yankees winning the Series in 7 games for their first title since 1943, and the 11th championship in team history. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... Lucius Benjamin Appling (April 2, 1907 - January 3, 1991) was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Chicago White Sox (1930-1950). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ...


After one start in 1944, he entered World War II military service with the Army for nearly all of the next two seasons. He returned in 1946 with another All-Star season, going 20-8 with a 2.10 ERA (2nd in the league to Hal Newhouser) and a career-high 138 strikeouts. That year he also had 20 complete games for the second time in his career. He earned his last All-Star selection in 1947, but finished the year with only a 9-5 record as injuries ended his career at age 40. He pitched for the last time in the historic 1947 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, pitching two relief innings in a Game 3 loss. In four World Series, he had a 2-2 record with a 1.62 ERA, 16 strikeouts, and 1 shutout. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The United States Army is the largest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1946 throughout the world. ... Harold Newhouser (May 20, 1921 - November 10, 1998) was a professional Major League Baseball pitcher of the 1940s and 1950s. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1947 throughout the world. ... The 1947 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers, with the Yankees winning the Series in 7 games for their first title since 1943, and the 11th championship in team history. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms...


Over his career Chandler was 109-43 in 211 games (109 complete, 26 shutouts), with a 2.84 ERA. He had 614 career strikeouts and gave up 64 home runs and 1327 hits. As a hitter, he had a batting average of .201, with a .234 on base percentage; he had 110 hits in 548 at bats in his career, and on July 26, 1940 had two home runs including a grand slam. He later managed in the minor leagues, became pitching coach with the Kansas City Athletics in 1957-58, and scouted for several teams before retiring in 1984. He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1969 and into the Franklin County Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ... is the 207th day of the year (208th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1940 throughout the world. ... In the sport of baseball, a grand slam is a home run hit with all the bases occupied, thereby scoring 4 runs - the most possible on a single play. ... New York Yankees manager Joe Torre returning to the dugout (September 2005). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The... Located in Macon, Georgia, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is the country’s largest state sports museum at 43,000 square feet. ... The Franklin County Sports Hall of Fame is located in Royston, Georgia and is housed within the Ty Cobb Museum. ...


Chandler died at age 82 in South Pasadena, Florida. He was married and had two sons. He was inducted into the University of Georgia Circle of Honor in 2000. South Pasadena is a city located in southern Pinellas County, Florida, near St. ...


See also

Major League Baseball recognizes earned run average champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes win champions among pitchers in the American League and National League each season. ...

External links

Preceded by
Ted Lyons
American League ERA Champion
1943
Succeeded by
Dizzy Trout
Preceded by
Joe Gordon
American League Most Valuable Player
1943
Succeeded by
Hal Newhouser

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New Georgia Encyclopedia: Spud Chandler (1907-1990) (848 words)
Georgia native "Spud" Chandler was one of the best pitchers in the American League from 1937 to 1947, when he won 109 games and lost only 43.
Spurgeon Ferdinand Chandler was born on September 12, 1907, in Commerce.
He walked out to the pitcher's mound (the stadium was used for both football and baseball games during their respective seasons), hurled a football through the uprights of a goalpost, and told his puzzled teammates that he was destined to pitch for the Yankees, his favorite team since boyhood.
Spud - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (291 words)
"Spud" is a common nickname for the potato in English-speaking countries.
The term spud has been falsely traced to a 19th century activist group dedicated to keeping the potato out of Britain, calling itself The Society for the Prevention of an Unwholesome Diet.
However, the correct etymology of "spud" is that this word for potato comes from the digging implement used to uproot them.
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