Oscar Judd
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Pitcher
Born: (1908-02-14)February 14, 1908
London, Ontario
Died: December 27, 1995(1995-12-27) (aged 87)
Ingersoll, Ontario
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 16, 1941, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
May 11, 1948, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record40–51
Earned run average3.90
Strikeouts304
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Member of the Canadian
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Induction1986

Thomas William Oscar Judd (February 14, 1908 – December 27, 1995) was a Canadian-born professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. Listed at 6 feet 12 inch (1.842 m) and 180 pounds (82 kg), he threw and batted left-handed.

Biography

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Judd was primarily used as a starting pitcher during his eight-season major-league career. He made his major-league debut on April 16, 1941, in relief for the Boston Red Sox against the Washington Senators at Fenway Park. He pitched in just six more games for Boston that year but did earn his first major-league save.

His first major-league win came in his second season and second major league start, a 13–4 victory over the Senators at Griffith Stadium on April 22, 1942. The losing pitcher was Hall of Famer Early Wynn. Judd finished the season 8–10 with a 3.89 earned run average (ERA).

Judd's best season was 1943. The 36-year-old was 11–6 with a 2.90 ERA and was an American League All-Star. Two years later, on May 31, 1945, he was selected off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Red Sox. His overall record for Boston in five seasons was 20–18 with an ERA of 3.68 in 72 games.

His best season with Philadelphia was 1946, when he won 11 games, lost 12, and had a .316 batting average for a mediocre Phillies team that finished in fifth place with a 69–85 record. He finished in a tie for 36th place in the National League MVP voting.

Judd was 40 years old when he made his final major league appearance on May 11, 1948. He was the sixth-oldest player to appear in a National League game that season.

Career totals for 206 games (161 as a pitcher) include a 40–51 record, 99 games started, 43 complete games, 4 shutouts, 32 games finished, and 7 saves. He allowed 334 earned runs in 771+13 innings pitched for a 3.90 ERA. As a hitter he was well above average for a pitcher, and was used 42 times as a pinch hitter. His lifetime batting average was .262 (83-for-317) with 3 home runs, 19 runs batted in, a .322 on-base percentage, and a slugging average of .356. He only grounded into two double plays during his entire career. Judd finished in his league's top ten five times for wild pitches, leading the National League with 8 in 1947.

Judd was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986.[1] He died in 1995 at the age of 87 in Ingersoll, Ontario.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Oscar Judd". baseballhalloffame.ca. Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Oscar Judd". Retrosheet. Retrieved December 12, 2021.