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Bucky Walters

Bucky Walters

Position(s):
2B, 3B, P, OF
Born:
May 19, 1909
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 1"
Weight:
180 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-18-1931 with BSN
Allstar Selections:
1939 MVP, 1939 TC

Intro

Originally a third baseman with a strong arm, Bucky Walters converted to a pitcher in his fifth big league season. Unfortunately, he got that chance with baseball's worst team, the Philadelphia Phillies. After a 38-53 record with the Phils (despite an ERA just a half-run above league average), Walters was traded to the Reds. With Cincinnati, the lean, sidearming right-hander flourished, winning twenty games three times and at least 15 for six consecutive seasons. His post-season performance was night and day between 1939 and 1940. He lost both his starts in the '39 Fall Classic, but twirled a pair of complete game victories the next Fall in the World Series win over the Tigers. Walters was one of the best-hitting pitchers in baseball during his time.

Factoid 1

Pitcher Bucky Walters, a former third baseman, had 11 three-hit games and one four-hit game during his pitching career.

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