Joe Conzelman

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Joseph Harrison Conzelman

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Biographical Information[edit]

Joe Conzelman pitched three seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning six games and recording two saves with a 2.92 ERA in 163 1/3 innings.

Conzelman was born in Bristol, CT and attended Brown from 1910-1912. The 1912 Brown team went 19-5 under coach Harry Pattee and also included Ed Warner and Ken Nash.

Joe made his major league debut in May 1913, and gave up only two earned runs in 13 innings (three games). Most of his time that year was spent with the Atlanta Crackers with whom he went 11-4. He was around the entire season with the Pirates in 1914, appearing in 33 games and posting a 2.94 ERA (the league ERA was 2.78). The next season, [1915 Pirates|1915]], he pitched 18 games in the majors and 10 games with the Indianapolis Indians, for whom he had a 2.04 ERA.

In 1922, the proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers state that he was an associate member, living in Birmingham, AL. [1] The Brown University site [2] says Conzelman was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1971. It states that he had a fastball and a sharp drop ball.

There was also a Joe Conzelman who played for Harvard in the 1950s. Presumably Joe's son, he was named Joseph Harrison Conzelman, Jr., and was a resident of Mountain Brook, AL, a suburb of Birmingham, where the senior Conzelman later died. The son, in addition to being a three-sport athlete at Harvard, was chairman of Southeast Materials Corporation.

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