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Walter John Dubiel

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Before the 1941 season Monk Dubiel was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent. "Monk" spent 1941 with the class C Akron Yankees and the Erie Sailors and the righthander appeared in a combined 28 games; he went 14-8 for a 2.44 ERA. Dubiel came by the name of "Monk" in his first year of pro ball in the minor leagues when a teammate noted that his uniform was so small for him that he looked like an organ grinder's monkey.

After winning 16 games in the International League for the Newark Bears, including a no-hitter over the Syracuse Chiefs in 1943, "Monk" became a dependable war-time hurler for the New York Yankees, winning a career high 13 games in 1944 and 10 in 1945. It should be noted here that Dubiel's career was hindered by a recurring hip and back ailment that kept him from serving in the Military during World War II.

Dubiel was with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1948 and the Chicago Cubs from 1949 to 1952, closing out with a 45-53 record and a 3.87 ERA in seven years in the major leagues.

"Monk" had spent 14 seasons in pro baseball from 1941 through 1954 and had accumulated a journeyman's status with his time in the minors. Dubiel appeared in 252 outings, winning 88 times and losing 71, while pitching 1,288 innings, giving up 1,179 base hits and 443 base on balls, while building a minor league career 3.69 ERA.

After his baseball career, he worked for Rockwell Manufacturing Company and as a postman for the Hartford post office.

Dubiel died of cirrhosis of the liver on October 23, 1969, at the age of 51 in his native Hartford, CT.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1944)

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Baseball-Reference.com
Baseball Players of the 1950s
SABR MILB Database:page

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