Earl Bass

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Pitcher Earl Bass played in the St. Louis Cardinals system from 1975 to 1978. Highly-touted, he began his professional career at Triple A and spent 62 of his 74 career games at that level.

Bass was a Division-I American Baseball Coaches Association All-American in 1974, earning him a 5th round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the 1974 amateur draft, but he did not sign. He was taken one pick after infielder Jim Morrison. He was then taken in the secondary phase of the 1975 January draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, a few slots after catcher Rick Sweet, but he did not sign. In 1975, he was again an ACBA All-American and he also earned a spot of the 1975 College World Series All-Tournament team. The Cardinals took him as the second overall pick in the secondary phase of the 1975 June draft, between outfielders Denny Walling and Hosken Powell, and he inked a contract.

He remained in St. Louis' system for four seasons, going 32-27 with a 4.08 ERA in 74 games (72 starts) overall and 23-24 with a 4.36 mark in 62 games (60 starts) at Triple A. He did not pitch below that level until his final campaign, 1978, when he went 9-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 12 starts for the Double A Arkansas Travelers.

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