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1954 Bowman

Ellis Raymond Kinder
(Old Folks, Kinny, Old Granddad)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 195 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Ellis Kinder pitched 20 seasons in organized baseball, from 1936 to 1957, 12 in the major leagues and 9 in the minors, losing one year to the Military (1945) and another to suspension while in the minor leagues (1943). He served in the Armed Forces for one year during World War II (BN).

Although Kinder spent 12 years in the majors, he didn't make his debut until he was nearly 32 years old. Kinder pitched for the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox from 1946 to 1957. He set the American League record for most consecutive games pitched, none complete, in 1953 (69). He broke the American League record for most games pitched that same year. Both records have long since been broken. He was named top American League pitcher by the Sporting News in 1949, when he went 23-6 with a 3.36 ERA for the Red Sox.

He worked at various jobs - as a housepainter, taxicab driver and repairman. He died at age 54 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN three weeks after undergoing heart surgery from "complications from open heart surgery" and is buried at Highland Memorial Gardens in Jackson, TN.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL Winning Percentage Leader (1949)
  • 2-time AL Games Pitched Leader (1951 & 1953)
  • 2-time AL Saves Leader (1951 & 1953)
  • AL Shutouts Leader (1949)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1949)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1949)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons; 2 (1949 & 1950)

[edit] Further Reading

  • Mark Armour: "Ellis Kinder", in Mark Armour and Bill Nowlin, eds.: Red Sox Baseball in the Days of Ike and Elvis: The Red Sox of the 1950s, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2012, pp. 69-76. ISBN 978-1933599243

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