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Dick Ellsworth
Born: March 22, 1940 (1940-03-22) (age 69)
Lusk, Wyoming
Batted: Left Threw: Left 
MLB debut
June 22, 1958 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
June 23, 1971 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
Earned run average     3.72
Wins     115
Strikeouts     1140
Career highlights and awards

Richard Clark Ellsworth (born March 22, 1940 in Lusk, Wyoming) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1958 through 1971 for the Chicago Cubs (1958, 1960-66), Philadelphia Phillies (1967), Boston Red Sox (1968-69), Cleveland Indians (1969-70) and Milwaukee Brewers (1970-71). Ellsworth batted and threw left-handed. He is the father of Steve Ellsworth. Ellsworth attended Fresno High School in California, alongside fellow pitcher Jim Maloney.[1] In a 13-season career, Ellsworth posted a 115-137 record with 1140 strikeouts and a 3.72 ERA in 2155.2 innings.

Ellsworth made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 1958. His most productive season came in 1963, when he won 22 games (after losing 20 in 1962), with an impressive 2.11 ERA; a year when the Cubs were starting to show some promise after nearly two decades of play that ranged from mediocre to cellar-dwelling.

A popular player at Wrigley Field, Ellsworth made the National League All-Star team in 1964. His career faded after that, except for one year with the Boston Red Sox, when he was 16-7 with an ERA of 3.03. He retired in 1971 after playing for the Phillies, Red Sox, Indians and Brewers.

In his 1966 Topps baseball card, No. 447 that year, was issued for Ellsworth, with his playing statistics and a brief biological sketch. However, the photo on the card was not of Ellsworth--it was of Ken Hubbs, the Cubs' star infielder who had died about two years before.

Dick won 84 games, the most by a Cub pitcher in the 1960s. He also led the team in starts for the 60s with 235, complete games with 71 and innings pitched with 1,611. He also led the Cubs in strikeouts three years in a row, with a high of 185 in 1963.


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Preceded by
Jack Sanford
Major League Player of the Month
May, 1963
Succeeded by
Ron Santo

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