Ernest Edward Bonham
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 215 lb.
- Debut August 5, 1940
- Final Game August 27, 1949
- Born August 16, 1913 in Ione, CA USA
- Died September 15, 1949 in Pittsburgh, PA USA
After pitching in a game, Ernie Bonham of the Pittsburgh Pirates was taken to a hospital complaining of pains. He was diagnosed with appendicitis and surgery was performed. Complications arose, and he died a few weeks later at age 36. He was reputed to weigh considerably more than his listed weight.
Bonham started in professional baseball with the Oakland Oaks in 1935. He became quite successful in the starting rotation of the New York Yankees in the early 1940s, leading the American League in wins in 1942 and appearing in the World Series in 1941, 1942 and 1943. His career eventually began to slide due to chronic back problems.
His key pitch was the forkball.
- 2-time AL All-Star (1942 & 1943)
- AL Winning Percentage Leader (1942)
- AL Complete Games Leader (1942)
- AL Shutouts Leader (1942)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1942 & 1943)
- 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1942)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1942-1944)
- Won two World Series with the New York Yankees (1941 & 1943)