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Jim Konstanty
Born: March 2, 1917(1917-03-02)
Strykersville, New York
Died: June 11, 1976 (aged 59)
Oneonta, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
June 18, 1944 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 19, 1956 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Win-Loss record     66-48
Earned run average     3.46
Saves     74
Career highlights and awards

Casimir James (Jim) Konstanty (March 2, 1917 - June 11, 1976) was an American relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cincinnati Reds (1944), Boston Braves (1946), Philadelphia Phillies (1948-1954), New York Yankees (1954-1956) and St. Louis Cardinals (1956). Konstanty batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Strykersville, New York.

Konstanty started as a physical education teacher in St. Regis Falls, NY. Then, he had played for five major league teams between 1944 and 1956, but his outstanding seasons were with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1948 through 1953. During that period, he became a relief specialist who employed a slider and a change-up with great effectiveness.

The son of a farmer, Konstanty starred in sports in high school and also at Syracuse University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree. He pitched briefly with the Cincinnati Reds in 1944 and Boston Braves in 1946, and spent three seasons in the minors until 1948, when the Phillies called him up.

In 1950, when the Phils "Whiz Kids" won the National League pennant, Konstanty was named the Most Valuable Player. He appeared in 74 games (then a major league record), winning 16 games with an NL-high 22 saves. In that season, he made the NL All-Star team and received the AP Athlete of the Year and the TSN Pitcher of the Year awards. In a surprise move, he was named to start Game One of the 1950 World Series against the New York Yankees.[1] Konstanty gave up only four hits in eight innings but lost 1-0, his efforts outdone by Vic Raschi's two-hit shutout.

Konstanty seemed to lose his pitching sharpness after his spectacular 1950 season and was sent to the Yankees in the 1954 midseason. He played two seasons in New York and the half a season for the St. Louis Cardinals before retiring at end of 1956.

In an 11-season career, Konstanty posted a 66-48 record with 74 saves and a 3.46 ERA in 433 games.

Konstanty died in Oneonta, New York at age 59.

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Preceded by
Jackie Robinson
National League Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Roy Campanella
Preceded by
Leon Hart
Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Dick Kazmaier

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