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Full Name: Rinold George Duren Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/190 First Game: September 25, 1954
Birthdate: February 22, 1929 Final Game: August 18, 1965
Birthplace: Cazenovia, Wisconsin MLB Experience: 10 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Rinold George "Ryne" Duren (born February 22, 1929) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball.

Duren was born in Cazenovia, Wisconsin. He was known for his fastball pitching, but also noted for his very poor vision and thick glasses. He was rumored to have hit a player waiting in the on-deck circle, supposedly because he could not see which way to throw to home plate.

He was originally signed by the St. Louis Browns (now the Baltimore Orioles) as a free agent before the 1949 season. His first major league game was on September 25, 1954 (by which time the Browns had moved to Baltimore). That was the only game he ever played for the Orioles; he wore uniform number 21.

On September 21, 1956 he was traded to the Kansas City Athletics as part of a trade involving three other players (Jim Pisoni and Duren went to the A's in exchange for Al Pilarcik and Art Ceccarelli). Kansas City assigned him uniform number 26.

The Athletics and Yankees did a lot of trading in that era, and on June 15, 1957 Duren, Pisoni, and Harry Simpson were traded to the Yankees for Billy Martin, Ralph Terry, Woodie Held, and Bob Martyn. Duren kept his A's uniform number of 26 on the Yankees. Duren's best year in terms of winning percentage was 1958, when he won 6 and lost 4 for the Yankees; and he received the first of his 3 All-Star selections as well. He has also been retroactively credited with saving 20 games in 1958, the high mark in the American League that year. In 1959, his won-lost record was much poorer, but his earned run average of 1.88 was the best of his career.

Duren stayed with the Yankees until May 8, 1961, when he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels; Duren, Johnny James, and Lee Thomas went to the Angels in exchange for Tex Clevenger and Bob Cerv. With the Angels Duren wore uniform number 30. Shortly after being traded to the Angels, he struck out seven successive Red Sox batters, an American League record.

The Philadelphia Phillies purchased Duren's contract from the Angels on March 14, 1963, and assigned him uniform number 18.

The Cincinnati Reds purchased Duren's contract from the Phillies on May 13, 1964. Duren wore two different uniform numbers (33 and 53) in his short Cincinnati career.

On April 13, 1965, the Reds released Duren to free agent status. That same day he was signed by the Phillies and given uniform number 30 (not his old Phillies number, but the number he had worn with the Angels). Duren was released to free agent status again by the Phillies on June 8. He was immediately signed by the Washington Senators and assigned uniform number 17, but was released again on August 24 to bring a close to his 10-year ML career.

In 1983, Duren was presented with the Yankee Family Award for his conquering alcoholism, and for service as an alcohol abuse educator.

On September 18, 1959, a future major leaguer was born in Spokane, Washington and named Ryne Sandberg in honor of Duren.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1954 BAL A 1 0 0 0 9.00 2 3 2 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 0 0
1957 KC A 14 6 0 3 5.27 37 26 25 0 0 1 42.2 37 4 30 1 5 2
1958 NY A 44 1 6 4 2.02 87 20 17 0 0 20 75.2 40 4 43 1 2 7
1959 NY A 41 0 3 6 1.88 96 18 16 0 0 14 76.2 49 6 43 2 4 3
1960 NY A 42 1 3 4 4.96 67 29 27 0 0 9 49 27 3 49 1 4 7
1961 NY A 4 0 0 1 5.40 7 3 3 0 0 0 5 2 2 4 0 0 0
1961 LA A 40 14 6 12 5.18 108 70 57 1 1 2 99 87 13 75 1 7 3
1961 TOT A 44 14 6 13 5.19 115 73 60 1 1 2 104 89 15 79 1 7 3
1962 LA A 42 3 2 9 4.42 74 38 35 0 0 8 71.1 53 1 57 2 4 6
1963 PHI N 33 7 6 2 3.30 84 33 32 1 0 2 87.1 65 6 52 1 4 5
1964 PHI N 2 0 0 0 6.00 5 3 2 0 0 0 3 5 0 1 0 0 1
1964 CIN N 26 0 0 2 2.89 39 17 14 0 0 1 43.2 41 1 15 1 4 3
1964 TOT N 28 0 0 2 3.09 44 20 16 0 0 1 46.2 46 1 16 1 4 4
1965 WAS A 16 0 1 1 6.65 18 17 17 0 0 0 23 24 0 18 4 3 3
1965 PHI N 6 0 0 0 3.27 6 7 4 0 0 0 11 10 0 4 1 1 1
1965 Total 22 0 1 1 5.56 24 24 21 0 0 0 34 34 0 22 5 4 4
Total NL 67 7 6 4 3.23 134 60 52 1 0 3 145 121 7 72 3 9 10
Total AL 244 25 21 40 4.03 496 224 199 1 1 54 444.1 322 33 320 12 29 31
Total 311 32 27 44 3.83 630 284 251 2 1 57 589.1 443 40 392 15 38 41

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1954 BAL A P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1957 KC A P 14 6 42.2 3 8 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 1.000
1958 NY A P 44 1 75.2 1 11 1 2 0 2 3 3 0 .923
1959 NY A P 41 0 76.2 1 9 0 2 0 0 8 3 1 1.000
1960 NY A P 42 1 49 2 9 0 0 0 2 7 1 0 1.000
1961 NY A P 4 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000
1961 LA A P 40 14 99 6 6 2 0 0 4 14 5 1 .857
1961 TOT A P 44 14 104 6 6 2 0 0 5 14 5 1 .857
1962 LA A P 42 3 71.1 0 8 1 0 0 1 12 0 0 .889
1963 PHI N P 33 7 87.1 3 7 0 0 0 1 8 3 1 1.000
1964 PHI N P 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
1964 CIN N P 26 0 43.2 1 4 1 0 0 1 6 1 0 .833
1964 TOT N P 28 0 46.2 1 4 2 0 0 1 7 1 0 .714
1965 WAS A P 16 0 23 0 3 0 0 0 2 5 1 0 1.000
1965 PHI N P 6 0 11 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1.000
1965 Total P 22 0 34 0 6 0 0 0 3 5 2 0 1.000
Total P 311 32 587.1 17 68 6 4 0 15 68 19 3 .934

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1954 BAL A 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1957 KC A 14 14 0 1 0 1 .071 .071 .071 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 1
1958 NY A 44 13 0 1 0 1 .077 .294 .077 0 0 3 8 1 4 0 0 0
1959 NY A 41 14 0 0 0 0 .000 .176 .000 0 0 2 8 1 3 0 0 1
1960 NY A 42 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 1
1961 NY A 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1961 LA A 40 25 2 1 0 3 .040 .143 .040 0 0 3 15 0 1 0 0 0
1961 TOT A 44 25 2 1 0 3 .040 .143 .040 0 0 3 15 0 1 0 0 0
1962 LA A 42 15 1 1 0 0 .067 .067 .133 1 0 0 9 0 1 0 0 0
1963 PHI N 34 21 4 3 0 0 .143 .250 .143 0 0 1 11 2 0 0 0 0
1964 PHI N 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1964 CIN N 26 5 1 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
1964 TOT N 28 5 1 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
1965 WAS A 16 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1965 PHI N 6 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1965 Total 22 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 68 27 5 3 0 0 .111 .226 .111 0 0 1 15 3 0 0 0 0
Total AL 244 87 3 4 0 5 .046 .144 .057 1 0 8 51 2 10 0 0 3
Total 312 114 8 7 0 5 .061 .164 .070 1 0 9 66 5 10 0 0 3

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by St. Louis Browns (1949).
  • Traded by Baltimore Orioles to Kansas City Athletics (September 21, 1956) as part of trade in which Baltimore Orioles traded Jim Pisoni and a player to be named later to Kansas City Athletics in exchange for 2 players to be named later (September 17, 1956); Baltimore Orioles received Art Ceccarelli and Al Pilarcik (October 11, 1956).
  • Traded by Kansas City Athletics with Jim Pisoni and Harry Simpson to New York Yankees in exchange for Billy Martin, Ralph Terry, Woodie Held and Bob Martyn (June 15, 1957).
  • Traded by New York Yankees with Lee Thomas and Johnny James to Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Tex Clevenger and Bob Cerv (May 8, 1961).
  • Sold by Los Angeles Angels to Philadelphia Phillies (March 14, 1963).
  • Sold by Philadelphia Phillies to Cincinnati Reds (May 13, 1964).
  • Released by Cincinnati Reds (April 13, 1965).
  • Signed by Philadelphia Phillies (April 13, 1965).
  • Released by Philadelphia Phillies (June 8, 1965).
  • Signed by Washington Senators (June 8, 1965).
  • Released by Washington Senators (August 24, 1965).

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