John William Buzhardt
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 198 lb.
- High School Prosperity High School
- Debut September 10, 1958
- Final Game September 29, 1968
- Born August 17, 1936 in Prosperity, SC USA
- Died June 15, 2008 in Prosperity, SC USA
After five seasons in the minors where he posted a 59-56 record with a 3.98 ERA, Buzhardt first came up with the Chicago Cubs during the 1958 season and won all three of his decisions. After being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in the deal that brought Richie Ashburn to Chicago, he was often the victim of poor run support with records of 5-16 in 1960 and 6-18 in 1961. He earned a win for the Phillies on July 28, 1961 in the second game of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants and on August 20, 1961, over the Milwaukee Braves. Between those two games, the Phillies had a 23-game losing streak, the longest in Major League history.
On November 28, 1961 the Phillies traded Buzhardt along with Charley Smith to the White Sox for Roy Sievers, and from 1962 to 1967 he was quietly effective, with three straight winning seasons in which his ERA was under 3.00. He also pitched for the Baltimore Orioles and the Houston Astros near the end of his eleven-year stay in the majors which ended in 1968. His career record in The Show was 71-96, including 15 shutouts and a 3.66 ERA.
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1960 & 1961)
Baseball Players of the 1950s