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Charlie Bishop

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Charles Tuller Bishop

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Charlie Bishop, a 6'2" right-hander from Atlanta, signed with the St. Louis Cardinals out of high school in 1942. After serving in the military during World War II, he led the 1947 Western League with 133 strikeouts pitching for the Omaha Cardinals. Charlie was all over the minors (13 teams) until 1952, when he pitched for the Ottawa Athletics. That year, he led the International League with 20 wins, including a no-hitter over the Syracuse Chiefs on May 24th.

The Philadelphia Athletics had a working agreement with Ottawa and, as a result, they brought him up to the majors late in the 1952 season. Charlie pitched for the A's in both Philadelphia and Kansas City from 1952 to 1955. He shut out the Boston Red Sox in his first start of the 1953 season on April 17th, but finished that year just 3-14 and 10-22 overall in his four-year tour in the majors. He spent one more year in baseball, going 7-8 for the minor league San Diego Padres in 1955 and decided after 13 years it was time to hang 'em up. He appeared in 261 games, winning 101 and losing 82, pitching 1,558 innings, giving up 1,402 hits and 1,025 walks, registering a 4.62 ERA.

Charlie was a fun-loving guy. When Eddie Joost, the manager of the A's, informed Charlie that they were going to bring him up to Kansas City, Bishop, aware that the Athletics were not a very good team, (they had lost 103 games in 1954) said to Joost, "Are you sure that going with the A's would be going up?" Charlie, who owned an insurance investigation company in Atlanta, died July 5, 1993, at age 69 in Lawrenceville, GA.

Baseball Players of the 1950s
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