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Thomas Jefferson Davis Bridges

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Known for his curveball, pitcher Tommy Bridges made his big league debut with the Detroit Tigers in 1930, retiring both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in his first game. He spent his entire career with the Tigers and was one of baseball's top pitchers during the 1930s. In 1932, he was pitching a perfect game against the Washington Senators until Dave Harris got a hit with two outs in the ninth inning.

Bridges won more than twenty games for three straight seasons, from 1934 to 1936 and appeared in six All-Star Games in his career. He also played in four World Series, pitching two complete game wins in the 1935 World Series when the Tigers defeated the Chicago Cubs in six games. One of the hardest throwers of his days, Bridges finished 12 times in the AL top ten for strikeouts, leading the American League in both 1935 and 1936. However, he was also plagued by control problems, walking over 100 batters six times.

Bridges entered the Army in November 1943 and was discharged in August 1945. He returned to the Tigers briefly as a player in 1945 and 1946 and as a coach in the latter season. After his big league career, he pitched in the Pacific Coast League from 1947 to 1950, throwing a no-hitter as a 40 year old in 1947. He was a coach/scout for the Cincinnati Reds in 1951, scout for the Detroit Tigers from 1958 to 1960, and a scout for the New York Mets from 1963 to 1968.

Bridges' nephew, Don Bridges, played in the Philadelphia Phillies chain from 1962 to 1966 [1].

Bridges was named for both President Thomas Jefferson and Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 6-time AL All-Star (1934-1937, 1939 & 1940)
  • AL Wins Leader (1936)
  • 2-time AL Strikeouts Leader (1935 & 1936)
  • AL Shutouts Leader (1932)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 5 (1934-1937 & 1939)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 3 (1934-1936)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 6 (1932-1937)
  • Won two World Series with the Detroit Tigers (1935 & 1945)

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