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Full Name: Victor John Angelo Raschi Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 1"/205 First Game: September 23, 1946
Birthdate: March 28, 1919 Final Game: September 13, 1955
Birthplace: West Springfield, Massachusetts MLB Experience: 10 years
Died: October 14, 1988
Deathplace: Groveland, New York
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Victor John Angelo "Vic" Raschi (March 28, 1919-October 14, 1988) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He was born in West Springfield, Massachusetts. As a result he was nicknamed "The Springfield Rifle."

His debut on the New York Yankees was September 23, 1946, wearing uniform number 12. The next year he wore three different numbers (17, 19, and 43) but number 17 became his from then on during his Yankee career. He was one of the top pitchers for the Yankees in the late 1940s and early 1950s, forming (with Allie Reynolds and Eddie Lopat) the "Big Three" of the Yankees' pitching staff. From 1946 to 1953, Raschi won 120 games while losing 50. He led the American League in won/lost percentage with a .724 record in 1950, and in strikeouts with 164 in 1951.

And he was a better hitter than most pitchers, with a .184 career batting average, and got 7 runs batted in (RBI) in one game, an American League record for pitchers, on August 3, 1953. But on February 24, 1954, Yankee fans were surprised to see him traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. Apparently the Yankees' management knew what they had done, because in the remaining two years of his career, with the Cardinals and Kansas City Athletics (who signed him as a free agent on April 28, 1955 when the Cardinals released him), Raschi won only 12 games while losing 16.

On April 23, 1954, Raschi gave up the first of Hank Aaron's 755 career home runs. Aaron had also gotten his first career hit off Raschi eight days earlier. He kept his uniform number 17 on the Cardinals, but on the A's took number 16. He died in Groveland, New York.

Most people believe that Vic Raschi's best season was 1951, when he posted a 3.27 ERA, won 21 games and struck out 164 batters.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1946 NY A 2 2 2 0 3.94 11 7 7 2 0 0 16 14 0 5 0 0 0
1947 NY A 15 14 7 2 3.87 51 47 45 6 1 0 104.2 89 11 38 0 2 1
1948 NY A 36 31 19 8 3.84 124 103 95 18 6 1 222.2 208 15 74 0 5 3
1949 NY A 38 37 21 10 3.34 124 120 102 21 3 0 274.2 247 16 138 0 10 6
1950 NY A 33 32 21 8 4.00 155 120 114 17 2 1 256.2 232 19 116 0 6 3
1951 NY A 35 34 21 10 3.27 164 110 94 15 4 0 258.1 233 20 103 0 8 5
1952 NY A 31 31 16 6 2.78 127 78 69 13 4 0 223 174 13 91 0 5 6
1953 NY A 28 26 13 6 3.33 76 74 67 7 4 1 181 150 11 55 0 1 1
1954 STL N 30 29 8 9 4.73 73 99 94 6 2 0 179 182 24 71 4 5 0
1955 STL N 1 1 0 1 21.60 1 4 4 0 0 0 1.2 5 0 1 1 0 0
1955 KC A 20 18 4 6 5.42 38 66 61 1 0 0 101.1 132 10 35 4 2 1
1955 Total 21 19 4 7 5.68 39 70 65 1 0 0 103 137 10 36 5 2 1
Total NL 31 30 8 10 4.88 74 103 98 6 2 0 180.2 187 24 72 5 5 0
Total AL 238 225 124 56 3.59 870 725 654 100 24 3 1638.1 1479 115 655 4 39 26
Total 269 255 132 66 3.72 944 828 752 106 26 3 1819 1666 139 727 9 44 26

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1946 NY A P 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1947 NY A P 15 0 0 4 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1948 NY A P 36 0 0 12 28 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1949 NY A P 38 0 0 12 53 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1950 NY A P 33 0 0 10 29 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .975
1951 NY A P 35 0 0 8 30 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .950
1952 NY A P 31 0 0 6 22 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .966
1953 NY A P 28 0 0 5 23 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .966
1954 STL N P 30 29 179 16 35 1 3 0 1 1 5 1 .981
1955 STL N P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1955 KC A P 20 0 0 10 21 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .969
1955 Total P 21 0 0 10 21 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .969
Total P 269 29 179 84 259 8 20 0 1 1 5 1 .977

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1946 NY A 2 4 1 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0
1947 NY A 15 40 5 10 0 3 .250 .268 .300 2 0 1 7 0 1 0 0 0
1948 NY A 36 81 10 19 0 11 .235 .279 .284 4 0 5 11 0 4 0 0 2
1949 NY A 38 83 7 13 0 6 .157 .271 .193 1 1 13 19 0 11 0 0 1
1950 NY A 33 86 6 17 1 8 .198 .258 .256 2 0 7 14 0 10 0 0 1
1951 NY A 35 85 5 15 0 5 .176 .231 .200 2 0 6 24 0 13 0 0 5
1952 NY A 31 69 4 13 0 2 .188 .273 .217 2 0 8 27 0 10 0 0 1
1953 NY A 28 63 4 9 0 11 .143 .182 .159 1 0 3 13 0 5 0 0 4
1954 STL N 30 64 3 9 0 3 .141 .179 .141 0 0 3 18 0 3 0 0 1
1955 STL N 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1955 KC A 20 33 0 6 0 1 .182 .206 .212 1 0 1 10 0 3 0 0 2
1955 Total 21 33 0 6 0 1 .182 .206 .212 1 0 1 10 0 3 0 0 2
Total NL 31 64 3 9 0 3 .141 .179 .141 0 0 3 18 0 3 0 0 1
Total AL 238 544 42 103 1 47 .189 .250 .226 15 1 44 127 0 60 0 0 16
Total 269 608 45 112 1 50 .184 .243 .217 15 1 47 145 0 63 0 0 17

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by New York Yankees (1941).
  • Sold by New York Yankees to St. Louis Cardinals for $85000 (February 23, 1954).
  • Released by St. Louis Cardinals (April 23, 1955).
  • Signed by Kansas City Athletics (April 29, 1955).
  • Released by Kansas City Athletics (October 13, 1955).

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