Rube Walberg

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George Elvin Walberg

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 1½", Weight 190 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Rube Walberg, who won 155 major league games, was a star in the years 1929-1931 when the Philadelphia Athletics won the pennant each year. He had a 1.93 ERA in 14 World Series innings pitched.

He also had 32 saves in his major league career.

Over 10% of Walberg's 163 home runs were given up to Babe Ruth (17). Ruth had more home runs against the left-handed Walberg than against any other pitcher. Included in the 17 are 4 homers in his 60-HR season. Milt Gaston also gave up 4 HRs to Ruth in 1927, and no one gave up more.

He was with the Portland Beavers prior to becoming a major league regular. Walberg had grown up on a farm, left school after eighth grade to do farm work, and pitched independent ball in 1921. After baseball, he ran a restaurant in Miami, FL before retiring in Arizona.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL Innings Pitched Leader (1931)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 5 (1927-1929, 1931 & 1932)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1931)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 7 (1927-1933)
  • Won two World Series with the Philadelphia Athletics (1929 & 1930)


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