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Art Ditmar
Pitcher
Born: April 3, 1929 (1929-04-03) (age 80)
Winthrop, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 19, 1954 for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
May 19, 1962 for the Kansas City Athletics
Career statistics
Win-Loss     72-77
Earned run average     3.98
Strikeouts     552
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Led AL in WHIP in 1959 with 1.030

Arthur John Ditmar (born April 3, 1929 in Winthrop, Massachusetts) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Athletics (Philadelphia, 1954 - Kansas City, 1955-56, 1961-62) and the New York Yankees (1957-1961). He batted and threw right-handed.

A finesse control pitcher, Ditmar divided his career between the Athletics and Yankees. He didn't consider himself a power pitcher, yet the variable-speed fastball was his most common offering. He also had a slider and a good curveball.

Ditmar won 47 games for the Yankees in a span of five years, with a career-high 15 in 1960, despite not getting to pitch on a regular basis in a rotation that included Whitey Ford, Bobby Shantz, Don Larsen and Bob Turley.

In a nine-season career, Ditmar compiled a 72-77 record with 552 strikeouts and a 3.98 ERA in 1268.0 innings.

Facts

  • Ditmar started and lost both Game 1 and Game 5 of the 1960 World Series for the Yankees. He lasted only one-third of an inning in Game 1 and one and one-third innings in Game 5.

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