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Full Name: Thomas Virgil Sturdivant Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 0.5"/170 First Game: April 14, 1955
Birthdate: April 28, 1930 Final Game: June 21, 1964
Birthplace: Gordon, Kansas MLB Experience: 10 years
Bat/Throw: Left/Right


Biography

Born on April 28, 1930 in Gordon, Kansas, Tom Sturdivant (Thomas Virgil Sturdivant II) played for the New York Yankees, Kansas City Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers and New York Mets over the course of his 10 year career. Sturdivant broke into the bigs on April 14, 1955 with the New York Yankees, and put up a 3.16 ERA in 68.1 innings pitched in 1955, his rookie year.

There is some disagreement on what was Tom Sturdivant's most productive season. Some believe that it was 1956, when he posted a 3.30 ERA, won 16 games and struck out 110 batters. However, others believe that it was 1957, when he posted a 2.54 ERA, won 16 games and struck out 118 batters.

On May 26, 1959, he was traded, along with Johnny Kucks and Jerry Lumpe, by the New York Yankees to the Kansas City Athletics for Ralph Terry and Hector Lopez. He wore uniform number 32 for the A's that year.

On December 3, 1959, he was traded by the Kansas City Athletics to the Boston Red Sox for Pete Daley. He wore uniform number 15 for the Red Sox.

On December 14, 1960, he was drafted by the Washington Senators from the Boston Red Sox in the 1960 expansion draft. Initially he wore uniform number 35 for the Senators, but later was given the same number 47 which he had worn for the Yankees.

On June 29, 1961, he was traded by the Washington Senators to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Tom Cheney. He wore uniform number 15 for the Pirates, the same number he had worn on the Red Sox.

On May 4, 1963, he was purchased by the Detroit Tigers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. He wore uniform number 22 for the Tigers.

On July 23, 1963, he was purchased by the Kansas City Athletics from the Detroit Tigers. He wore uniform number 18 for the A's this time.

On May 10, 1964, he was released by the Kansas City Athletics. The same day he signed as a free agent with the New York Mets. He wore uniform number 47, his old Yankees number, for the Mets.

On June 27, 1964, he was released by the New York Mets.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1955 NY A 33 1 1 3 3.16 48 24 24 0 0 0 68.1 48 6 42 1 1 2
1956 NY A 32 17 16 8 3.30 110 63 58 6 2 5 158.1 134 15 52 4 2 4
1957 NY A 28 28 16 6 2.54 118 65 57 7 2 0 201.2 170 14 80 2 3 4
1958 NY A 15 10 3 6 4.20 41 37 33 0 0 0 70.2 77 6 38 0 2 3
1959 NY A 7 3 0 2 4.97 16 16 14 0 0 0 25.1 20 4 9 0 1 0
1959 KC A 36 3 2 6 4.65 57 45 37 0 0 5 71.2 70 9 34 4 3 6
1959 TOT A 43 6 2 8 4.73 73 61 51 0 0 5 97 90 13 43 4 4 6
1960 BOS A 40 3 3 3 4.97 67 58 56 0 0 1 101.1 106 16 45 5 5 2
1961 WAS A 15 10 2 6 4.61 39 42 41 1 1 0 80 67 6 40 3 6 3
1961 PIT N 13 11 5 2 2.84 45 29 27 6 1 1 85.2 81 6 17 3 1 1
1961 Total 28 21 7 8 3.69 84 71 68 7 2 1 165.2 148 12 57 6 7 4
1962 PIT N 49 12 9 5 3.73 76 62 52 2 1 2 125.1 120 12 39 11 6 3
1963 PIT N 3 0 0 0 6.48 6 6 6 0 0 0 8.1 8 1 4 0 1 0
1963 KC A 17 3 1 2 3.74 26 24 22 0 0 0 53 47 3 17 2 3 1
1963 DET A 28 0 1 2 3.76 36 26 23 0 0 2 55 43 7 24 2 2 1
1963 Total 48 3 2 4 3.95 68 56 51 0 0 2 116.1 98 11 45 4 6 2
1963 TOT A 45 3 2 4 3.75 62 50 45 0 0 2 108 90 10 41 4 5 2
1964 NY N 16 0 0 0 5.97 18 20 19 0 0 1 28.2 34 2 7 0 3 2
1964 KC A 3 0 0 0 9.82 1 4 4 0 0 0 3.2 4 0 1 0 0 2
1964 Total 19 0 0 0 6.40 19 24 23 0 0 1 32.1 38 2 8 0 3 4
Total NL 81 23 14 7 3.77 145 117 104 8 2 4 248 243 21 67 14 11 6
Total AL 254 78 45 44 3.74 559 404 369 14 5 13 889 786 86 382 23 28 28
Total 335 101 59 51 3.74 704 521 473 22 7 17 1137 1029 107 449 37 39 34

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1955 NY A P 33 0 0 4 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1956 NY A P 32 0 0 11 13 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .923
1957 NY A P 28 28 201.2 8 26 2 4 0 5 5 15 0 .944
1958 NY A P 15 10 70.2 3 4 1 1 0 1 2 3 0 .875
1959 NY A P 7 3 25.1 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.000
1959 KC A P 36 3 71.2 6 17 3 1 0 2 4 2 0 .885
1959 TOT A P 43 6 97 9 21 3 2 0 2 4 4 0 .909
1960 BOS A P 40 3 101.1 7 14 1 0 0 3 3 3 0 .955
1961 WAS A P 15 10 80 2 18 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 1.000
1961 PIT N P 13 11 85.2 9 11 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1.000
1961 Total P 28 21 165.2 11 29 0 0 0 0 8 3 0 1.000
1962 PIT N P 49 12 125.1 10 23 3 0 0 3 8 3 1 .917
1963 PIT N P 3 0 8.1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1.000
1963 KC A P 17 3 53 4 8 0 1 0 4 0 2 0 1.000
1963 DET A P 28 0 55 3 11 0 0 0 4 2 1 0 1.000
1963 Total P 48 3 116.1 8 21 0 1 0 9 4 3 0 1.000
1963 TOT A P 45 3 108 7 19 0 1 0 8 2 3 0 1.000
1964 NY N P 16 0 28.2 1 4 1 0 0 3 2 3 0 .833
1964 KC A P 3 0 3.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1964 Total P 19 0 32.1 1 4 1 0 0 3 2 3 0 .833
Total P 335 83 910.1 72 163 13 11 0 26 36 37 1 .948

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1955 NY A 33 12 1 1 0 0 .083 .083 .083 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
1956 NY A 32 64 5 20 0 5 .313 .308 .359 1 1 0 7 0 3 0 0 0
1957 NY A 28 71 4 13 0 0 .183 .247 .183 0 0 6 10 0 4 0 0 1
1958 NY A 15 21 1 4 0 0 .190 .261 .190 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 2
1959 NY A 7 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
1959 KC A 37 17 0 1 0 0 .059 .059 .059 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 0
1959 TOT A 44 23 0 1 0 0 .043 .043 .043 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 0 0
1960 BOS A 40 22 1 4 0 1 .182 .174 .182 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 1
1961 WAS A 15 26 1 2 0 0 .077 .143 .077 0 0 2 5 0 4 0 0 0
1961 PIT N 13 32 2 8 0 1 .250 .250 .250 0 0 0 8 0 1 0 0 1
1961 Total 28 58 3 10 0 1 .172 .200 .172 0 0 2 13 0 5 0 0 1
1962 PIT N 49 33 2 6 0 3 .182 .176 .212 1 0 0 3 0 4 0 0 0
1963 PIT N 3 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 KC A 17 11 0 0 0 0 .000 .083 .000 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0
1963 DET A 28 9 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
1963 Total 48 22 0 0 0 0 .000 .043 .000 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 0 0
1963 TOT A 45 20 0 0 0 0 .000 .048 .000 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 0 0
1964 NY N 16 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1964 KC A 3 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1964 Total 19 2 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 81 68 4 14 0 4 .206 .203 .221 1 0 0 11 0 5 0 0 1
Total AL 255 260 13 46 0 6 .177 .209 .188 1 1 11 43 0 17 0 0 4
Total 336 328 17 60 0 10 .183 .208 .195 2 1 11 54 0 22 0 0 5

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by New York Yankees (May 28, 1948).
  • Traded by New York Yankees with Johnny Kucks and Jerry Lumpe to Kansas City Athletics in exchange for Ralph Terry and Hector Lopez (May 26, 1959).
  • Traded by Kansas City Athletics to Boston Red Sox in exchange for Pete Daley (December 3, 1959).
  • Selected by Washington Senators from Boston Red Sox in the expansion draft (December 14, 1960).
  • Traded by Washington Senators to Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Tom Cheney (June 29, 1961).
  • Sold by Pittsburgh Pirates to Detroit Tigers (May 4, 1963).
  • Sold by Detroit Tigers to Kansas City Athletics (July 23, 1963).
  • Released by Kansas City Athletics (May 10, 1964).
  • Signed by New York Mets (May 10, 1964).
  • Released by New York Mets (June 27, 1964).

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