Saturday, February 13, 2016

1933 Goudey ('83 Galasso reprint) #124: Earl Whitehill, Washington Senators, P

     Earl Whitehill was probably the Ace of the World Series contending Washington Senators staff of 1933.  He started more games (37), and threw more Complete Games (19) than anyone on the team.  Whitehill pitched more innings (270) and had more Wins than all but one other Senator, and had a better ERA (3.33) than anyone on the team with over 160 innings pitched. 
     1933 was Whitehill's only World Series appearance during his 17 season career, which spanned from 1923-1939 with four different teams: Tigers (10), Senators (4), Indians (2), Cubs (1).  He was responsible for the Senator's only World Series victory over the New York Giants in the 5-game series.  Whitehill threw a Complete Game Shutout at the Senator's old Griffith Stadium during Game 3 of the '33 World Series.
     Earl Whitehill appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot 4 times in 1956, 1958, 1960, and 1962, but never received greater than 3.8% of the votes.  He passed away at a young age of 55 after a car accident in Omaha, NE in 1954.  Whitehill was born in Cedar Rapids, IA in 1899.

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