George Barnicle

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Massachusetts native George Barnicle spent five active seasons in professional baseball from 1937 to 1941.

The 19-year-old pitcher was signed by the Boston Bees organization before the 1937 season and was assigned to the Beaver Falls Bees of the Class D Pennsylvania State Association. He finished his first year with a 11-7 record in 30 games. The right-hander spent his second season with the Hartford Bees of the Class A Eastern League and finished the season with a 11-12 record and a 4.01 ERA in 37 games. George spent the 1939 season, his third year in pro ball, again with the Hartford team and went 9-9 with a 3.66 ERA. He would make his big league debut with the Boston Bees on September 6, 1939, going 2-2 in six games before the season's end.

Barnicle opened 1940 with the Bees and appeared in thirteen games, winning his only decision, but had a 7.44 ERA and would spend the rest of the season with the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League, where he put together a 3-1 record in 20 appearances. April 19, 1941 found George back in the majors with the Boston Braves, losing his only appearance and this ended his time in the big leagues. He finished with a 3-3 record and a 6.55 ERA in 20 games. George spent the remainder of the '41 season back in Hartford, where he went 1-4 and called it a career. His final minor league stats show that he finished up with a 35-33 record, appeared in 135 games and pitched 651 innings. He was 23 when he hung 'em up.

After baseball, Barnicle resided in his native Fitchburg, MA, and was working for the Youth Services Board at the old Industrial School for Boys in Shirley, MA, at the time of his retirement. He passed away on October 10, 1990 in Largo, FL, at the age of 73.

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