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Thomas Francis Qualters
(Money Bags)

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Pitcher Tom Qualters was a bonus baby with the Philadelphia Phillies, signed out of high school for $40,000. He had a distinctive rookie year (1953) as he posted an ERA of 162.00. In his only appearance that year, he allowed six earned runs and retired just one batter. However, he remained on the Phillies roster for two years, earning the nickname "Money Bags" from his teammates. After spending two years in the International League, he had a couple more cups of coffee with Philadelphia before being sent to the Chicago White Sox. He pitched respectably for the Sox in 1958, but an arm injury ended his career.

He once had 2 walks as a batter on June 3, 1958 against the New York Yankees. Both walks were issued by Johnny Kucks. Kucks only gave up 3 walks in the game and 2 were to Qualters. Qualters didn't have a good game pitching; he pitched 4 and 1/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, 4 earned runs, walking 2 and striking out no one.

In total, Qualters appeared in 34 games without a major league decision. He holds the distinction of being the only pitcher to appear on a Topps baseball card four times without ever recording a win or loss.

Qualters' grandson, Shawn Stiffler, is head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University, and another grandson, Ian Stiffler, was selected in the 2013 amateur draft.

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