Former Kansas City Athletics pitcher Ned Garver passed away on February 26, 2017 in Bryan, Ohio at the age of 91.
Ned had a lengthy baseball career, and began his major league career in 1948 with the St. Louis Browns (who would later become the Baltimore Orioles). As a crafty pitcher, who was also an excellent hitter, Ned would be one of the few bright spots on the Browns roster. In 1951, he incredibly won 20 games for the Browns, whose season record was only 52-102. He was selected to the 1951 American League All-Star team and was the starting pitcher for the AL. In 1952 he was traded to the Detroit Tigers, and later came to the Kansas City Athletics where he pitched from 1957-1960. He ended his career after pitching part of the 1961 season with the new expansion Los Angeles Angels.
Ned was very popular with baseball fans, and noted for his great story telling during speaking appearances. He twice attended Kansas City Athletics reunions, hosted by the KC Baseball Historical Society and the banquet audience regaled in his stories. He shared the story of the only spitball he ever attempted to throw in a major league game, which occurred while pitching for the A's and facing Washington Senators slugger Harmon Killebrew. Ned alerted his catcher that he was going to try out his new pitch, which Killebrew then stroked over the light towers in left field of the old KC Municipal Stadium. Ned believed that ball likely went over Sams Parking Lot and onto the railroad tracks about a quarter mile away.
Ned authored two books about his career, "Touching All the Bases" and "Catch 20 Too".
Ned was a great friend and supporter of the KCBHS, and often sent items to be used for KCBHS fundraisers.
He is greatly missed by his legions of fans and friends nationwide.
We salute and honor the life and career of Ned Garver. Thanks for the memories, Ned.
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