Moe Savransky

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Biographical Information[edit]

Moe Savransky pitched in the Ohio State High School Championships and Amateur World Series in 1947. The next year, he was signed by the Cincinnati Reds and assigned to the Sunbury Reds, where he was 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA. In the off-season, he attended Ohio State University. Moe moved on to the Charleston Senators in 1949 but went only 10-18 with a 5.28 ERA and tied for the Interstate League lead in losses. In 1950, Morris was a standout hurler with the Columbia Reds. He led the South Atlantic League in ERA (2.25) and shutouts (5) and allowed only 4 HR and 167 hits in 218 innings. He had a 15-7 record and threw the SALLY League's only no-hitter of the year, a 7-0 whitewash of the Savannah Indians on July 4th in a 7-inning contest. Moe also hit well, batting .324/~.412/.351. He also went to the Tulsa Oilers that year, going 2-2 with a 4.97 ERA.

Moving up to AAA, Savransky was 11-11 with a 2.92 ERA for the 1951 Buffalo Bisons despite 104 walks in 185 innings pitched. He was sixth in the International League in ERA. He missed the next two seasons due to military service.

When he came out of the military, Savransky went straight to the Cincinnati Redlegs in 1954, going 0-2 with a 4.88 ERA in 16 outings and going 1 for 2 with two runs at the plate. He was back in Charleston in 1955, posting a 5-13, 5.44 ledger for the Senators; that season, he also was 1-1 with a 6.13 ERA for the Seattle Rainiers. Overall, Moe had gone 50-56 in the minors and 0-2 in the majors.

At the time of his death, Savransky was the oldest living Jewish former major leaguer.

Sources: 1951 Baseball Guide, The International League: Year-by-Year Statistics by Marshall Wright, Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database, The Big Book of Jewish Baseball by Peter Horvitz and Joachim Horvitz

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