Red Evans

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Russell Edison Evans

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Illinois native Red Evans spent eleven seasons in professional baseball from 1931 to 1942. Evans was out of baseball in the 1933 year.

Red appeared in the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox on April 24, 1936 and went 0-3 in seventeen games. He re-appeared with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1939 after being obtained from the New York Giants in the 1938 Rule V Draft. On May 8, 1939, he lost a 1-0 duel to St. Louis's Bob Weiland when Pepper Martin stole home for the lone run. Red went 1-8 in 24 games for the 1939 Dodgers and pitched his final game in The Show on August 27, 1939. This finished him in the big leagues with a 1-11 record and a 6.21 ERA in 41 games.

Red spent the rest of his professional pitching in the minor leagues, where he had eight double-digit winning seasons to his credit. Two of these were of the 20-win variety - the first was when he threw for a 24-8 record with a 2.27 ERA at the Texas League for the Oklahoma City Indians in 1935. He also had a 21-14 number with a 2.83 ERA in 1938 for the New Orleans Pelicans in the Southern Association. He led the 1939 Ohio State League in winning percentage (11-2). He finished up his pro career in 1942 with a minor league career record of 124-106 in 335 games and 2,002 innings.

Evans served in the United States Navy during World War II. He retired from his job as a testing engineer for Johnson Motor Company in 1969 and moved to Lakeview, AR where he died on June 14, 1989.

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