Jack Edward Baldschun (born
October 16, 1936 in
Ohio) was a relief pitcher
for the Philadelphia Phillies
(1961–65), Cincinnati Reds (1966–67)
and San Diego Padres
signed by the Washington Senators
out of Miami
University in Oxford, Ohio in 1956, the right-hander was selected by the
Phillies in the Rule 5 draft on
November 28, 1960.
After learning how to throw the screwball
, Baldschun finally made it to the
as a 24-year-old
in . In a season in which the ballclub
endured both a fourth straight last-place finish with a major
league-worst 47–107 mark and a 23-game losing streak
in August that still
stands as a record, he led all National
pitchers with 65 appearances and was the only Phillie to
end the campaign with a winning tally (5–3). He established himself
as the closer
by leading the team
in each of the next three
years (13 in , 16 in , 21 in ). During the Phillies' "September swoon"
Baldschun saw absolutely no action because manager Gene
thought he cracked under pressure. He continued to fall
out of favor with the temperamental Mauch in , registering only six
saves due to a failure to hold leads. His five-season record in
Philadelphia was 39–34 with 59 saves.
He was traded to the Baltimore
on December 6, 1965 for Jackie
and Darold Knowles
days later, he was dealt to the Reds with Milt Pappas
in exchange for Frank
. Baldschun went 9–7 with only one save for the
remainder of his major-league career.
In nine seasons he had a 48-41 record with 60 saves, 555 strikeouts
and a 3.69 earned run average
in 457 games. He
pitched in 704 innings
, allowing 687
, 45 home
, 298 walks
intentional), 23 hit batsmen
Immediately after his playing career ended, Baldschun joined his
brother in a carpentry
business. He later
became a salesman
for a lumber
establishment. He is currently spending his retirement in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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