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Bob Buhl

Pitcher
Born: August 12, 1928(1928-08-12)
Saginaw, Michigan
Died: February 6, 2001 (aged 72)
Titusville, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 17, 1953 for the Milwaukee Braves
Last MLB appearance
April 30, 1967 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Win-Loss record     166-132
Earned run average     3.55
Strikeouts     1,268
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Robert Ray Buhl (August 12, 1928 - February 16, 2001) was an American right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played with the Milwaukee Braves (1953-62), Chicago Cubs (1962-66) and Philadelphia Phillies (1966-67). His last name rhymes with "fuel".

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, in a 15-year career Buhl posted a 166-132 record with 1288 strikeouts and a 3.55 ERA in 2587 innings. He pitched 111 complete games and compiled 20 shutouts. He was first signed to a major league contract in 1953 by Milwaukee Braves scout Earle W. Halstead.

Buhl compiled a remarkable 8-1 record against the National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956, enroute to an 18-win season. He repeated as an 18 game winner the following year, helping the Braves capture NL pennants in both 1957 and 1958 as a solid third starter behind dynamic duo of Warren Spahn and Lew Burdette.

In 1959, Buhl won 15 games and led the National League with four shutouts. His most productive season came in 1960, when he finished with a 16-9 record, a 3.09 ERA and an All-Star berth.

In 1962, Buhl was traded to the Cubs after appearing in just one game for the Braves. He failed to hit in 70 at-bats that season, the worst single-season batting performance in major league history (Sporting News Baseball Record Book, 2007, p.19).

It was not an entirely fruitless season for Buhl at the plate, however, as he collected 6 bases-on-balls, scored 2 runs and had 1 stolen base. He was even credited with 1 run-batted-in (on a sacrifice fly) and 7 sacrifice bunts, demonstrating that he could make contact occasionally, although he did strike out 36 times that season. Pitching, he had 12 wins against 13 losses, a considerably better percentage than the 9th-place Cubs (59-103 .364) achieved overall that year.

He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1966 in a deal which brought future Hall-of-Famer Ferguson Jenkins to Chicago.

Buhl died in Titusville, Florida, just two days before his Braves roommate Eddie Mathews, another baseball Hall-of-Famer.

Highlights

  • All-Star (1960)
  • Led league in shutouts (1959)
  • 6-time Top 10 in ERA (1953, 1955-57, 1959-60)
  • 5-time Top 10 in wins (1955-57, 1959-60)

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