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[edit] Biographical Information

Pitcher Spud Chandler played eleven years in the majors, all with the New York Yankees, and never had a losing season. He is the all-time leader in winning percentage (.717) among pitchers with 100 or more wins. He was a four-time All-Star and the 1943 American League Most Valuable Player.

Born and raised in Georgia, Chandler attended the University of Georgia, where he played both baseball and football. He began his pro baseball career in 1932 and reached the majors with the Yankees in 1937, going 7-4 as a 29 year old rookie. He avoided the sophomore slump the next summer, when he went 14-5 in 23 starts.

Chandler won 10 games in 1941 and was the starter in Game 2 of that fall's World Series, taking a loss to the Brooklyn Dodgers. The following year, [^1942 Yankees|1942]], he was 16-5 with a 2.38 ERA and was the winning pitcher in the All-Star Game, but he again lost his only World Series start, falling to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 (despite giving up just 1 run in 8 innings).

In 1943, the 35-year-old Chandler had a career year. He went 20-4 with a 1.64 ERA and led the American League in wins, earned run average, complete games (20), and shutouts (5) en route to winning the MVP award. His success carried over into the postseason, as he won both his World Series starts, giving up only 1 earned run over 2 complete games, as the Yankees beat the Cardinals in 5 games.

After making just one start in 1944, Chandler entered the Army. He was discharged in September 1945 and went 2-1 in 4 late-season starts. He put together another fine season in 1946, going 20-8 with a 2.10 ERA. The following season, 1947, his final year in the majors, he was 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA. He made one relief appearance in that year's World Series, giving up 2 earned runs in 2 innings of work against Brooklyn.

After his playing career ended, Chandler managed in the minors and was a Kansas City Athletics coach in 1957 and 1958. He was also a long-time scout for the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins. He died at age 82.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 4-time AL All-Star (1942, 1943, 1946 & 1947)
  • AL MVP (1943)
  • AL ERA Leader (1943)
  • AL Wins Leader (1943)
  • AL Winning Percentage Leader (1943)
  • AL Complete Games Leader (1943)
  • AL Shutouts Leader (1943)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 3 (1942, 1943 & 1946)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 2 (1943 & 1946)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1942, 1943 & 1946)
  • Won six World Series with the New York Yankees (1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1943 & 1947; he did not play in the 1937, 1938 and 1939 World Series)

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1954 Jacksonville Beach Sea Birds Florida State League 76-63 3rd Lost League finals
1955 Spartanburg Peaches Tri-State League 74-44 1st League Champs
1942 1943 1944
Joe Gordon Spud Chandler Hal Newhouser

[edit] Records Held

  • Winning percentage, career (minimum 100 wins), .717
  • Winning percentage, right-hander, career (minimum 100 wins), .717

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