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Robert Ray Buhl

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[edit] Biographical Information

Bob Buhl pitched 15 seasons in the big leagues, posting a record of 166-132. He won in double figures ten times, led the National League in winning percentage in 1957, and threw four shutouts to lead the league in 1959.

Buhl was in the top ten in the league in ERA six times.

He was born in Saginaw, MI, and attended high school there. He spent 1947to 1950 in the minors, most notably going 19-10 in 1947 for the Madisonville Miners of the Kitty League. He was in the service in 1951 and 1952 and then made his major league debut in April of 1953, never going back to the minors.

As a rookie with the 1953 Braves he went 13-8 with a 2.97 ERA; the ERA was third-best in the 1953 National League.

Bob holds the record for longest "0-fer" in a season, going 0 for 70 as a hitter in 1962. He went 0 for 1 for the Braves, was traded to the Chicago Cubs on April 30th, and proceeded to go 0 for 69 for his new team. This was part of an 0 for 87 streak, which is also a record. Buhl also holds the record for most at-bats in a career in which the player's batting average was .100 or worse. In 857 career at-bats, he hit only .089.

He got a hit one of the first times he ever tried hitting left-handed, but this proved to be a fluke as subsequent at bats from the other side of the plate proved to be as futile as his normal at bats.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL All-Star (1960)
  • NL Shutouts Leader (1959)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 5 (1956, 1957, 1959, 1960 & 1964)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 7 (1955-1957, 1960 & 1962-1964)
  • Won a World Series with the Milwaukee Braves in 1957

[edit] Further Reading

  • Gregory H. Wolf: "Bob Buhl", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Thar's Joy in Braveland: The 1957 Milwaukee Braves, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 33-38. ISBN 978-1933599717

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