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Full Name: Theodore Wade Abernathy Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 4"/215 First Game: April 13, 1955
Birthdate: March 6, 1933 Final Game: September 30, 1972
Birthplace: Stanley, North Carolina MLB Experience: 14 years
Died: December 16, 2004
Deathplace: Gastonia, North Carolina
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Theodore Wade "Ted" Abernathy (March 6, 1933 - December 16, 2004) was a Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He batted and threw right-handed.

A native from Stanley, North Carolina, Abernathy joined the majors after graduating from high school. He changed his pitching motion after shoulder surgery left his career in doubt, switching from a three-quarter delivery and becoming an effective sidearmer who developed a nasty submarine pitch that was almost unhittable.

Abernathy appeared in 681 games and picked up 148 saves during a 14-season career between 1955 and 1972, playing for the Washington Senators (1955–57, 1960), Cleveland Indians (1963–64), Chicago Cubs (1966, 1969–70), Atlanta Braves (1966), Cincinnati Reds (1967–68), St. Louis Cardinals (1970) and Kansas City Royals (1970–72). He compiled a 63-69 record with 765 strikeouts and a 3.46 ERA in 1147.2 innings.

In 1965 Abernathy recorded a league-leading 31 saves with the Cubs, along with 104 strikeouts and a 2.57 ERA. He had 28 saves, 88 strikeouts, and a 1.27 ERA two seasons later with Cincinnati. In 1968 Abernathy won 10 games and got 13 saves, and had 10 and 14 in 1970.

Ted Abernathy died in Gastonia, North Carolina at the age of 71.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1955 WAS A 40 14 5 9 5.96 79 87 79 3 2 0 119.1 136 9 67 1 2 7
1956 WAS A 5 4 1 3 4.15 18 16 14 2 0 0 30.1 35 2 10 0 0 1
1957 WAS A 26 16 2 10 6.78 50 65 64 2 0 0 85 100 9 65 1 1 4
1960 WAS A 2 0 0 0 12.00 1 4 4 0 0 0 3 4 0 4 0 0 0
1963 CLE A 43 0 7 2 2.88 47 25 19 0 0 12 59.1 54 3 29 6 4 0
1964 CLE A 53 0 2 6 4.33 57 40 35 0 0 11 72.2 66 5 46 5 1 2
1965 CHI N 84 0 4 6 2.57 104 49 39 0 0 31 136.1 113 7 56 13 6 5
1966 CHI N 20 0 1 3 6.18 18 19 19 0 0 4 27.2 26 4 17 1 2 2
1966 ATL N 38 0 4 4 3.86 42 34 28 0 0 4 65.1 58 5 36 10 7 0
1966 TOT N 58 0 5 7 4.55 60 53 47 0 0 8 93 84 9 53 11 9 2
1967 CIN N 70 0 6 3 1.27 88 19 15 0 0 28 106.1 63 1 41 5 1 5
1968 CIN N 78 0 10 7 2.47 64 43 37 0 0 13 134.2 111 9 55 15 2 4
1969 CHI N 56 0 4 3 3.16 55 38 30 0 0 3 85.1 75 8 42 11 5 1
1970 STL N 11 0 1 0 2.95 8 6 6 0 0 1 18.1 15 0 12 4 1 3
1970 KC A 36 0 9 3 2.59 49 23 16 0 0 12 55.2 41 3 38 0 2 1
1970 CHI N 11 0 0 0 2.00 2 2 2 0 0 1 9 9 0 5 1 0 1
1970 Total 58 0 10 3 2.60 59 31 24 0 0 14 83 65 3 55 5 3 5
1970 TOT N 22 0 1 0 2.63 10 8 8 0 0 2 27.1 24 0 17 5 1 4
1971 KC A 63 0 4 6 2.56 55 28 23 0 0 23 81 60 3 50 4 1 6
1972 KC A 45 0 3 4 1.70 28 15 11 0 0 5 58.1 44 2 19 3 0 3
Total NL 368 0 30 26 2.72 381 210 176 0 0 85 583 470 34 264 60 24 21
Total AL 313 34 33 43 4.22 384 303 265 7 2 63 564.2 540 36 328 20 11 24
Total 681 34 63 69 3.46 765 513 441 7 2 148 1147.2 1010 70 592 80 35 45

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1955 WAS A P 40 0 0 8 22 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .968
1956 WAS A P 5 0 0 2 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1957 WAS A P 26 16 83 4 19 0 3 0 2 4 3 1 1.000
1960 WAS A P 2 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000
1963 CLE A P 43 0 59.1 4 18 2 2 0 1 3 2 1 .917
1964 CLE A P 53 0 72.2 3 24 1 2 0 2 3 4 1 .964
1965 CHI N P 84 0 136.1 11 41 0 3 0 0 9 6 0 1.000
1966 CHI N P 20 0 27.2 2 12 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.000
1966 ATL N P 38 0 65.1 9 13 2 0 0 2 3 4 0 .917
1966 TOT N P 58 0 93 11 25 2 0 0 2 3 6 0 .947
1967 CIN N P 70 0 106.1 8 25 4 0 0 3 6 6 0 .892
1968 CIN N P 78 0 135.1 14 39 3 0 0 0 3 5 1 .946
1969 CHI N P 56 0 85.1 9 23 2 0 0 0 7 2 0 .941
1970 STL N P 11 0 18.1 1 9 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 .909
1970 KC A P 36 0 55.2 3 9 0 0 0 1 6 3 0 1.000
1970 CHI N P 11 0 9 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.000
1970 Total P 58 0 83 4 21 1 1 0 2 7 7 0 .962
1970 TOT N P 22 0 27.1 1 12 1 1 0 1 1 4 0 .929
1971 KC A P 63 0 81 8 20 2 0 0 0 6 5 0 .933
1972 KC A P 45 0 58.1 6 12 3 2 0 0 6 2 0 .857
Total P 681 16 996.2 92 304 21 16 0 12 58 48 4 .950

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1955 WAS A 40 26 1 4 0 0 .154 .154 .154 0 0 0 6 0 4 0 0 1
1956 WAS A 5 11 1 2 0 1 .182 .182 .182 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
1957 WAS A 26 24 3 4 0 1 .167 .231 .208 1 0 1 5 1 2 0 0 2
1960 WAS A 2 1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 CLE A 43 5 1 2 0 0 .400 .500 .600 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0
1964 CLE A 53 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
1965 CHI N 84 18 1 3 0 2 .167 .211 .167 0 0 0 7 1 3 0 0 0
1966 CHI N 20 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
1966 ATL N 38 8 0 2 0 0 .250 .333 .250 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
1966 TOT N 58 12 0 2 0 0 .167 .231 .167 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
1967 CIN N 70 17 0 1 0 2 .059 .059 .059 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 1
1968 CIN N 78 17 2 0 0 0 .000 .150 .000 0 0 3 12 0 0 0 0 0
1969 CHI N 56 8 1 2 0 1 .250 .250 .375 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
1970 STL N 11 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
1970 KC A 36 14 1 3 0 2 .214 .214 .214 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 0 0
1970 CHI N 11 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 Total 58 17 1 3 0 2 .176 .176 .176 0 0 0 7 0 3 0 0 0
1970 TOT N 22 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
1971 KC A 63 13 0 1 0 0 .077 .077 .077 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 0
1972 KC A 45 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 368 75 4 8 0 5 .107 .162 .120 1 0 4 38 1 3 0 0 1
Total AL 313 106 8 17 0 4 .160 .183 .179 2 0 2 36 1 12 0 0 3
Total 681 181 12 25 0 9 .138 .175 .155 3 0 6 74 2 15 0 0 4

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by Washington Senators (1952).
  • Released by Washington Senators (May 17, 1960).
  • Signed by Milwaukee Braves (June, 1960).
  • Sold by Milwaukee Braves to Cleveland Indians (@July 20, 1961).
  • Sold by Cleveland Indians to Chicago Cubs (April 11, 1965).
  • Traded by Chicago Cubs to Atlanta Braves in exchange for Lee Thomas (May 28, 1966).
  • Selected by Cincinnati Reds from Atlanta Braves in the Rule 5 major league draft (November 28, 1966).
  • Traded by Cincinnati Reds to Chicago Cubs in exchange for Ken Myette, Bill Plummer and Clarence Jones (January 9, 1969).
  • Traded by Chicago Cubs to St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Phil Gagliano (May 29, 1970).
  • Traded by St. Louis Cardinals to Kansas City Royals in exchange for Chris Zachary (July 1, 1970).
  • Released by Kansas City Royals (February 2, 1973).

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