|Born: August 8, 1917|
|Died: November 10, 2002 (aged 85)|
|April 25, 1939, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 2, 1954, for the Cincinnati Redlegs|
|Earned run average||3.60|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kenneth David Raffensberger (August 8, 1917 – November 10, 2002) was an American starting pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB). From 1939 through 1954, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1939), Chicago Cubs (1940–41), Philadelphia Phillies (1943–47), and Cincinnati Reds/Redlegs (1947–54). Raffensberger batted right-handed and threw left-handed.
In a 15-season big league career, Raffensberger posted a win–loss record of 119–154 with 806 strikeouts and a 3.60 earned run average (ERA) in 2,151+2⁄3 innings pitched. His career winning percentage was .463, despite being an all-star and having an above average career ERA (3.60).
Raffensberger started his career as a fastball pitcher, particularly gaining success with his rising fastball. However, further along in his career (beginning in the early 1940s), he developed an arsenal of additional pitches to complement his fastball: a dependable forkball, a slow curveball, and a changeup. Raffensberger had one of the widest ranges of deliveries in the major leagues, ranging from underhand to overhand and a variety of sidearm and three-quarter deliveries in between. Stan Musial said in 1964 of Raffensberger:
On November 10, 2002, Raffensberger died in his native York, Pennsylvania, at the age of 85.