Sloppy Thurston
Sloppy Thurston 1924 cartoon.png
1924 drawing of Thurston
Pitcher
Born: Hollis John Thurston
(1899-06-02)June 2, 1899
Fremont, Nebraska
Died: September 14, 1973(1973-09-14) (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1923, for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1933, for the Brooklyn Dodgers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record89–86
Earned run average4.24
Strikeouts306
Teams

Hollis John "Sloppy" Thurston (June 2, 1899 – September 14, 1973) was an American professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators, and Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers between 1923 and 1933. He batted and threw right-handed.[1]

Biography

Thurston was born in Fremont, Nebraska, and graduated from John H. Francis Polytechnic High School.[2]

Thurston was a screwball pitcher.[3] He played professional baseball from 1920 to 1938, spending time in the minor leagues when not in the majors. He played his first MLB game on April 19, 1923, with the St. Louis Browns.

On August 22, 1923, Thurston became the fifth pitcher in major-league history to pitch an immaculate inning, striking out all three batters on nine total pitches in the 12th inning of a game against the Philadelphia Athletics; he was also the first pitcher to achieve the feat in extra innings.[4]

In 1924, while pitching for the Chicago White Sox, Thurston led the American League with 28 complete games, posting a 20–14 record in 36 starts, while also leading the league in hits allowed (330), earned runs allowed (123), and home runs allowed (17) in 291 innings pitched.[2]

Thurston played his last MLB game on October 1, 1933. He finished his nine-year MLB career with a win–loss record of 89–86, a 4.24 earned run average, and 306 strikeouts. As a hitter, he posted a .270 batting average (175-for-648) with 5 home runs and 79 runs batted in.[2]

Thurston died on September 14, 1973, in Los Angeles, California. He is interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Sloppy Thurston Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Sloppy Thurston Stats". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  3. ^ James, Bill; Neyer, Rob (June 15, 2004). The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. Simon and Schuster. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-7432-6158-6. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  4. ^ "Immaculate Innings: 9 Pitches – 9 Strikes – 3 Outs". Baseball-Almanac.com. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved April 28, 2013.