Owen Scheetz

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Owen Franklin Scheetz

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ohio native Owen Scheetz spent sixteen active seasons in professional baseball from 1935 to 1952. Scheetz spent eight seasons in the minor leagues before getting a short look by the Washington Senators, making his Big League debut on April 22, 1943.The right-hander appeared in six outings, pitched nine innings, gave up 16 base-hits and seven earned runs, but had no decisions. He appeared in his final Major League game on May 9, 1943. This became his only work in the Big Leagues.

Owen had eight double-digit winning seasons during his career on the minor league circuit. One of his best came in 1940 with the Scranton Red Sox of the Eastern League, when he went 15-5 with a 2.90 ERA, helping his team to the league title and giving him a berth on the All-Star team.

In 1945 Owen was with the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association and led the AA league in wins with 19 along with 8 losses and a 1.95 ERA. This record helped the Brewers to the league pennant and put Owen on the All-Star roster. During his 13 seasons on the minor league mound he amassed a 137-92 record with a 3.09 ERA while appearing in 363 games.

After his pitching days where over Owen went into the managers game in 1949, 1951 and 1952. After his minor league managing years were finished he left baseball and worked for the Columbus Bolt Works. He retired from the Reynoldsburg, OH Water Department. Owen died from a heart attack at the Pine Kirk Nursing Home in Kirkersville, OH on September 28, 1994 at 80 years of age.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1948 Louisville Colonels American Association 4-5 8th Boston Red Sox replaced Nemo Leibold (52-93) September 2
1951 Oneonta Red Sox Canadian-American League 83-34 1st Boston Red Sox League Champs
1952 Roanoke Ro-Sox Piedmont League 59-74 5th Boston Red Sox

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