Thomas Morgan Fine (October
10, 1914 - January 10, 2005) was an American pitcher in Major
League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox (1947) and St. Louis Browns (1950).
, he threw right-handed
born in Cleburne,
Despite pitching just two seasons in the
major leagues, Fine was a revered professional baseball pitcher for
20 years. He is most remembered for his career in
Cuban baseball during five seasons, and especially for
being the only pitcher ever to hurl a no-hitter game in Caribbean World Series
Major League Career
Fine played for the Scranton Miners
of the Eastern League
where in 1946
he broke the leagues
record for most consecutive wins with 15.
He made his major league debut in 1947 with the Red Sox and
finished with a 1-2 record in seven starts
. He appeared in the majors again in
1950 with the Browns and posted 0-1 in 14 games as a reliever
In a 37-game career, Fine compiled a 1-4 record with 16 strikeouts
and a 6.81 ERA
in 72.2 innings
. He was a competent hitting pitcher,
batting .333 (6-for-18) with five runs
scored and one RBI
in 25 games
February 21, 1952, Fine appeared in
the III Caribbean World Series
held at Panama.
called by the Cuban team as a late replacement for future Hall of
Famer Hoyt Wilhelm.
posted the only no-hitter pitched in any Caribbean series game, to
give his team a 1–0 win against Venezuela.
Five days later, Fine faced Panama's club
and was close to glory. He was three outs from consecutive
no-hitters in the series, having allowed a single
in the ninth inning to break it up.
His 17 hitless streak also is the longest in the series.
After retiring, Fine was a respected businessman. He also served as
in the Baptist
in Little Elm,
Texas at age 90.