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Charles Willard Embree
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 165 lb.
- School Citrus Junior College
- Debut September 10, 1941
- Final Game October 2, 1949
- Born August 30, 1917 in El Monte, CA USA
- Died September 24, 1996 in Eugene, OR USA
Right-hander Red Embree spent thirteen seasons in professional baseball from 1939 to 1952.
Embree spent part of the 1942 season, all of the 1943 year serving in the United States Army, during World War II; he returned late in the 1944 season. During his playing time in the Major Leagues (1941-1949), Red built a 31-48 record and a 3.72 ERA while pitching 707 innings in 141 games.
Embree had a fine minor league career with six double-digit win seasons. His best numbers came in 1941 when he had a 21-5 record and a 1.69 ERA for the Wilkes-Barre Barons of the Eastern League. He spent seven seasons in his minor league career and chalked up 100 wins with 73 losses and a 3.49 ERA while pitching 1,370 innings in 226 games. He led the 1944 International League in both wins (19) and whiffs (225), while playing for the Baltimore Orioles. He lost 10, had a 3.20 ERA and walked 121 in 225 innings but allowed just 145 hits. He was named the All-Star RHP. His dominance continued into the postseason, when he shut out the Louisville Colonels in both of his starts to lead Baltimore to the title in the 1944 Junior World Series.
During his career Embree was involved in two trades; the first came on December 11, 1947 when he was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the New York Yankees for Allie Clark. The second came on December 13, 1948 as he was dealt by the Yankees with Sherm Lollar, Dick Starr and $100,000 to the St. Louis Browns for Roy Partee and Fred Sanford.
Charles Willard (Red) Embree died from complications of Alzheimers disease on September 24, 1996 in Eugene, OR. He was 79 years of age.
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