Karl Drews
Born: (1920-02-22)February 22, 1920
Staten Island, New York
Died: August 15, 1963(1963-08-15) (aged 43)
Dania, Florida
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 8, 1946, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 20, 1954, for the Cincinnati Redlegs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record44–53
Earned run average4.76
Innings pitched82623
Career highlights and awards

Karl August Drews (February 22, 1920 – August 15, 1963) was an American professional baseball right-handed pitcher, whose baseball career spanned 21 seasons (1939–59). He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1946 to 1949 and 1951 to 1954 for the New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Redlegs. Drews stood 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighed 192 pounds (87 kg).

A Staten Island, New York native, Drews appeared in two games for the Yankees in the 1947 World Series as a relief pitcher and held the Brooklyn Dodgers to one run and two hits in three innings pitched, although he did allow a base on balls and a hit batsman and threw a wild pitch. During his MLB career, Drews appeared in 218 games played, 107 as a starting pitcher, and gave up 913 hits and 332 bases on balls in 82623 innings, with 322 strikeouts. In his finest season, with the 1952 Phillies, he finished third in the National League (NL) in shutouts (five), sixth in complete games (15), and seventh in earned run average (ERA) (2.72). Drews won 14 games (losing 15), while appearing in 33 games, 30 as a starter.

On August 15, 1963, Drews was killed at age 43 by a drunk driver in Florida.[1] His grandson, Matt Drews, is a former Minor League Baseball (MiLB) right-handed pitcher selected by the Yankees in the first round of the June 1993 MLB Draft, who played for seven seasons.


  1. ^ "Karl Drew Dies in Fla. Car Crash". Lewiston-Auburn, Maine: The Lewiston Daily Sun. Associated Press (AP). August 16, 1963. p. 19. Retrieved August 8, 2016.