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Full Name: Arthur John Ditmar Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/185 First Game: April 19, 1954
Birthdate: April 3, 1929 Final Game: May 19, 1962
Birthplace: Winthrop, Massachusetts MLB Experience: 9 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Arthur John Ditmar (born April 3, 1929 in Winthrop, Massachusetts) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Athletics (Philadelphia, 1954 - Kansas City, 1955–56, 1961–62) and the New York Yankees (1957–1961). He batted and threw right-handed.

A finesse control pitcher, Ditmar divided his career between the Athletics and Yankees. He didn't considered himself a power pitcher, yet the variable-speed fastball was his most common oferring. He also had a slider and a good curveball.

Ditmar won 47 games for the Yankees in a span of five years, with a career-high 15 in 1960, despite he didn't get to pitch on a regular basis in a rotation that included Whitey Ford, Bobby Shantz, Don Larsen and Bob Turley.

In a nine-season career, Ditmar compiled a 72-77 record with 552 strikeouts and a 3.98 ERA in 1268.0 innings.


Most people believe that Art Ditmar's best season was 1959, when he posted a 2.90 ERA, won 13 games and struck out 96 batters.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1954 PHI A 14 5 1 4 6.41 14 35 28 0 0 0 39.1 50 4 36 0 3 1
1955 KC A 35 22 12 12 5.03 79 109 98 7 1 1 175.1 180 23 86 5 7 7
1956 KC A 44 34 12 22 4.42 126 141 125 14 2 1 254.1 254 30 108 6 5 7
1957 NY A 46 11 8 3 3.25 64 55 46 0 0 6 127.1 128 9 35 1 1 2
1958 NY A 38 13 9 8 3.42 52 71 53 4 0 4 139.2 124 14 38 2 0 5
1959 NY A 38 25 13 9 2.90 96 75 65 7 1 1 202 156 17 52 2 0 8
1960 NY A 34 28 15 9 3.06 65 77 68 8 1 0 200 195 25 56 1 4 1
1961 NY A 12 8 2 3 4.64 24 33 28 1 0 0 54.1 59 9 14 0 1 2
1961 KC A 20 5 0 5 5.67 19 34 34 0 0 1 54 60 6 23 1 1 2
1961 TOT A 32 13 2 8 5.15 43 67 62 1 0 1 108.1 119 15 37 1 2 4
1962 KC A 6 5 0 2 6.65 13 19 16 0 0 0 21.2 31 1 13 1 1 2
Total 287 156 72 77 3.98 552 649 561 41 5 14 1268 1237 138 461 19 23 37

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1954 PHI A P 14 0 0 4 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .900
1955 KC A P 35 0 0 15 29 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .978
1956 KC A P 44 0 0 20 33 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .964
1957 NY A P 46 11 127.1 8 19 4 0 0 2 2 3 0 .871
1958 NY A P 38 13 139.2 6 15 0 1 0 1 7 4 0 1.000
1959 NY A P 38 25 202 21 25 3 2 0 0 3 6 0 .939
1960 NY A P 34 28 200 18 24 1 3 0 0 7 2 1 .977
1961 NY A P 12 8 54.1 4 12 0 0 0 3 3 3 0 1.000
1961 KC A P 20 5 54 5 7 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .923
1961 TOT A P 32 13 108.1 9 19 1 0 0 4 6 3 0 .966
1962 KC A P 6 5 21.2 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1.000
Total P 287 95 799 103 172 13 13 0 8 26 18 1 .955

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1954 PHI A 14 8 0 1 0 0 .125 .300 .125 0 0 2 4 0 1 0 0 0
1955 KC A 35 62 3 13 0 6 .210 .222 .210 0 0 1 9 0 4 0 0 2
1956 KC A 44 91 5 13 1 4 .143 .170 .176 0 0 3 24 0 4 0 0 0
1957 NY A 46 35 3 7 0 2 .200 .200 .200 0 0 0 9 0 1 0 0 1
1958 NY A 38 44 8 11 0 5 .250 .283 .250 0 0 2 10 0 2 0 0 3
1959 NY A 38 76 6 15 1 11 .197 .195 .289 4 0 0 10 0 1 1 0 5
1960 NY A 36 69 2 11 0 2 .159 .205 .188 2 0 4 14 0 3 0 0 5
1961 NY A 12 19 0 1 0 0 .053 .053 .053 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
1961 KC A 20 12 0 2 0 1 .167 .231 .167 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0
1961 TOT A 32 31 0 3 0 1 .097 .125 .097 0 0 1 7 0 1 0 0 0
1962 KC A 6 6 0 1 0 1 .167 .167 .167 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Total 289 422 27 75 2 32 .178 .202 .206 6 0 13 89 0 17 1 0 16

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by Philadelphia Athletics (1948).
  • Traded by Kansas City Athletics with Bobby Shantz, Jack McMahan, Wayne Belardi and 2 players to be named later to New York Yankees in exchange for Irv Noren, Milt Graff, Mickey McDermott, Tom Morgan, Rip Coleman, Billy Hunter and a player to be named later (February 19, 1957); New York Yankees received Curt Roberts (April 4, 1957) and Kansas City Athletics received Jack Urban (April 5, 1957) and New York Yankees received Clete Boyer (June 4, 1957).
  • Traded by New York Yankees with Deron Johnson to Kansas City Athletics in exchange for Bud Daley (June 14, 1961).
  • Released by Kansas City Athletics (May 25, 1962).

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