Dick Starr

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Richard Eugene Starr

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Biographical Information[edit]

Twenty-year-old pitcher Dick Starr was signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees before the 1941 season. The right-hander spent two seasons in the minors (1941-1942) with the Butler Yankees and the Findlay Browns, winning 33 games and losing 14, before being drafted to spend three years (1943-1945) in the United States Army during World War II.

Home from the service in 1946 Dick spent that season in the minors also going 19-10 for the Augusta Tigers, leading the South Atlantic League in three categories with 19 wins, 233 strikeouts and a 2.07 ERA. He appeared with the New York Yankees in 1947 for 4 games and won one decision. In 1948 the Yankees tried him again and he appeared in 1 game with no decisions. The pin-stripers then traded him to the St. Louis Browns in 1949 where he stayed through the middle of 1951, winning 10 and losing 17 before being traded to the Washington Senators where he finished out his major league career in 1951 with a 1-7 effort. This finished up his major league responsibilities and he finished lifetime at 12-24 with a 5.58 ERA.

Starr went back to the minors where he spent 1952 to 1956 in the International League going 33-33 during this time frame. Adding these numbers to his minor league record (23-15) while he was in and out of the majors with his pre-major league stats (52-24), Dick wound up with a very decent 108-72 record with a 3.57 ERA while plying his trade in the minor leagues.

After baseball Starr was employed in the production control department for the Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation and retired in his hometown of Kittanning, Pennsylvania. He died there in 2017

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