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Full Name: Allie Pierce Reynolds Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/195 First Game: September 17, 1942
Birthdate: February 10, 1917 Final Game: September 25, 1954
Birthplace: Bethany, Oklahoma MLB Experience: 13 years
Died: December 26, 1994
Deathplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Allie Pierce Reynolds (February 10, 1917 - December 26, 1994) (known as the Superchief) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball.

He was born in Bethany, Oklahoma, the son of a strict preacher. His nickname of the Superchief came because he was one quarter Creek Indian (some sources say Cherokee). He was prone to diabetes (which he called "The Indian disease").

He was a star athlete in high school. He attended Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College (now known as Oklahoma State University) on a track scholarship, but had to build up his body before he could make it onto the college's baseball team. His first major league game was on September 17, 1942, for the Cleveland Indians. In 1946 he was traded to the New York Yankees in a deal that sent Joe Gordon to the Indians. He promptly became the Yankees' best pitcher, recording the highest winning percentage in the American League in his first season as a Yankee. In 1948, joined by Vic Raschi and Eddie Lopat, he was a star of a Yankee team that won the first of five consecutive league championships, a feat that had never been achieved before. In 1950, even though pitching with bone chips in his elbow, he won 16 games. The next year he became the first American League pitcher to have two no-hitters in one season. Also in 1951, he won the Hickok Belt as top professional athlete of the year. In 1952, he went 20-8, leading the American League in strikeouts with 160.

His uniform number on the Indians was 21, becoming 22 on the Yankees. He played in the All-Star Games of 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, and 1954, and the World Series in 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, and 1953. He retired in 1954.

On August 26, 1989, the Yankees dedicated a plaque in Reynolds' honor, to hang in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. Reynolds and several of his Yankee teammates, including Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and Phil Rizzuto, were on hand. The plaque calls him "One of the Yankees' greatest right-handed pitchers." His number 22, however, has not been retired, and has since been worn by players such as Roger Clemens and Robinson Cano. In 1993, he received the Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award.

He died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In his honor, the Jim Thorpe Association established the Allie Reynolds Award, presented annually to "Oklahoma's outstanding high school senior, based on accomplishments, sports, civics, character and leadership."

Most people believe that Allie Reynolds's best season was 1952, when he posted a 2.06 ERA, won 20 games and struck out 160 batters.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1942 CLE A 2 0 0 0 .00 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 5 0 4 0 0 0
1943 CLE A 34 21 11 12 2.99 151 72 66 11 3 3 198.2 140 3 109 0 4 7
1944 CLE A 28 21 11 8 3.30 84 63 58 5 1 1 158 141 2 91 0 4 4
1945 CLE A 44 30 18 12 3.20 112 102 88 16 2 4 247.1 227 7 130 0 1 5
1946 CLE A 31 28 11 15 3.88 107 93 79 9 3 0 183.1 180 10 108 0 4 1
1947 NY A 34 30 19 8 3.20 129 94 86 17 4 2 241.2 207 23 123 0 8 4
1948 NY A 39 31 16 7 3.77 101 108 99 11 1 3 236.1 240 17 111 0 9 4
1949 NY A 35 31 17 6 4.00 105 102 95 4 2 1 213.2 200 15 123 0 6 4
1950 NY A 35 29 16 12 3.74 160 108 100 14 2 2 240.2 215 12 138 0 5 8
1951 NY A 40 26 17 8 3.05 126 84 75 16 7 7 221 171 12 100 0 4 5
1952 NY A 35 29 20 8 2.06 160 70 56 24 6 6 244.1 194 10 97 0 4 7
1953 NY A 41 15 13 7 3.41 86 64 55 5 1 13 145 140 9 61 0 4 5
1954 NY A 36 18 13 4 3.32 100 65 58 5 4 7 157.1 133 13 66 0 6 3
Total 434 309 182 107 3.30 1423 1026 915 137 36 49 2492.1 2193 133 1261 0 59 57

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1942 CLE A P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1943 CLE A P 34 0 0 5 35 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .952
1944 CLE A P 28 0 0 8 21 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .967
1945 CLE A P 44 0 0 11 44 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 .917
1946 CLE A P 31 0 0 8 27 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .875
1947 NY A P 34 0 0 9 31 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .952
1948 NY A P 39 0 0 10 27 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .974
1949 NY A P 35 0 0 7 39 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .958
1950 NY A P 35 0 0 8 36 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .936
1951 NY A P 40 0 0 17 19 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .878
1952 NY A P 35 0 0 13 35 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .960
1953 NY A P 41 0 0 7 13 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .833
1954 NY A P 36 0 0 8 22 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total P 434 0 0 111 349 32 22 0 0 0 0 0 .935

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1942 CLE A 2 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1943 CLE A 39 67 6 10 0 3 .149 .208 .149 0 0 5 14 0 5 0 0 2
1944 CLE A 41 57 2 7 0 1 .123 .138 .158 2 0 1 9 0 3 0 0 2
1945 CLE A 44 85 1 8 0 3 .094 .115 .106 1 0 1 12 1 7 0 0 2
1946 CLE A 35 63 1 14 0 9 .222 .246 .222 0 0 2 11 0 6 0 0 1
1947 NY A 38 89 7 13 0 5 .146 .208 .157 1 0 7 26 0 7 0 0 1
1948 NY A 41 83 6 16 1 16 .193 .230 .265 3 0 4 22 0 5 0 0 3
1949 NY A 37 78 8 17 0 10 .218 .330 .308 3 2 13 15 0 2 0 0 3
1950 NY A 36 81 5 15 0 9 .185 .258 .247 3 1 7 16 1 9 0 0 2
1951 NY A 43 76 8 14 0 11 .184 .271 .224 3 0 7 18 2 5 1 0 2
1952 NY A 41 85 6 13 0 7 .153 .200 .176 0 1 5 22 0 4 0 0 1
1953 NY A 42 41 3 5 0 2 .122 .265 .171 2 0 7 11 1 0 0 0 4
1954 NY A 36 50 3 8 0 3 .160 .192 .180 1 0 2 10 0 5 0 0 5
Total 475 857 56 140 1 79 .163 .223 .198 19 4 61 186 5 58 1 0 28

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by Cleveland Indians (1939).
  • Traded by Cleveland Indians to New York Yankees in exchange for Joe Gordon (October 11, 1946).

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