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Topps baseball card - 1952 Series, #043

Rae Wilson Scarborough (July 23, 1917 - July 1, 1982) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Washington Senators (1942-1943 and 1946-1950), Chicago White Sox (1950), Boston Red Sox (1951-52), New York Yankees (1952-53) and Detroit Tigers (1953). Scarborough batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Mount Gilead, North Carolina.

In a ten-season career, Scarborough posted a 80-85 win-loss record in 318 games, 168 games started, 59 complete games, 9 shutouts, 75 games finished, 12 saves, 1,428 ⅔ innings pitched, 1,487 hits allowed, 755 runs allowed, 656 earned runs allowed, 88 home runs allowed, 611 walks, 564 strikeouts, 44 hit batsmen, 30 wild pitches, 6,297 batters faced, 4 balks and a 4.13 ERA.

A Wake Forest graduate, Scarborough was used sparingly by the Washington Senators before World War II. After spending two years in the military service, he developed into a reliable starter. His most productive season came in 1948, when he had a 15-8 mark and recorded a 2.82 ERA, being only surpassed by Gene Bearden (2.43). In 1949 he won 13 games with the Senators, and again won 13 in 1950 for Washington (3) and the Chicago White Sox (10), a season in which he made his only All-Star appearance.

After winning 12 games for the Boston Red Sox in 1951, Scarborough was purchased by the New York Yankees in the 1952 midseason, as he went 5-1 during New York's successful pennant drive en route to the 1952 World Series. He played for the Yankees and Detroit Tigers in 1953, his last major league season. His wife a widow who lived in mt.olive, nc she was the former edna martin and she died from an illness in may of 2007 at her home she was edna martin scarborough 1918-2007 .

Following his playing career, Scarborough moved to Mount Olive, North Carolina, where he opened an oil and supply company. Later he scouted for the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels and Milwaukee Brewers organizations, and also helped establish a baseball program at Mount Olive College. Scarborough's grandson Garrett Blackwelder played basketball at East Carolina University from 1996-2000 and holds several shooting records.

Scarborough died in Mount Olive, North Carolina, at the age of 64.

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