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Nelson Thomas Potter (Nellie)

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[edit] Biographical Information

"Nellie" Potter had a 12-year career in the majors in the 1930s and 1940s. He was a star on the war-time St. Louis Browns teams, and also pitched on the 1948 Boston Braves team that won the pennant.

Going 19-7 in 1944, he pitched well in the 1944 World Series, with an ERA of 0.97. He also appeared in the 1948 Series.

Potter was the first pitcher suspended in the post-spitball era when he was accused of throwing a spitter in 1944.

In 1947, he helped start the first-ever pension plan for major league players.

Potter played for both the AL and NL teams in St. Louis, and both the AL and NL teams in Boston. He also played two different times for the Philadelphia Athletics managed by Connie Mack.

Upon retirement he moved back to his small hometown, Mount Morris, IL, where he ran a bowling alley and also served as a township supervisor.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1944 & 1945)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1940, 1944 & 1945)

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