Ken Raffensberger
Ken Raffensberger 1953.jpg
Raffensberger in about 1953
Born: (1917-08-08)August 8, 1917
York, Pennsylvania
Died: November 10, 2002(2002-11-10) (aged 85)
York, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right
Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 25, 1939, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
June 2, 1954, for the Cincinnati Redlegs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record119–154
Earned run average3.60
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+23 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.[1] Stan Musial said in 1964 of Raffensberger:

Raffy had nothing except slow stuff, and a forkball, but, with changing speeds and control, he made those pitches seem so fat when they weren't... I stubbornly tried to slug with him and didn't have much success."

On November 10, 2002, Raffensberger died in his native York, Pennsylvania, at the age of 85.



See also


  1. ^ The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. Bill James and Rob Neyer. 2004.