Johnny Beazley

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Biographical Information[edit]

Johnny Beazley, in 1942, won 21 games as a rookie for the St Louis Cardinals and added two more victories in the team's World Series win over the New York Yankees. Possessed with skills that made even the best of scouts' mouths water, he was expected to be great for years to come. However, Beazley enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II on November 3, 1942 and was commissioned a second lieutenant on March 3, 1943. He was sent to pitch for an Army team and a year later Beazley, overtaxed by the Army, felt pain in his arm. Ordered by his commanding officer to pitch through the pain, Beazley did permanent damage and was never the same again. He was released from the Army on March 17, 1946 but won only nine games for the rest of his career. In 1949, he was briefly interim manager of the St. Petersburg Saints.

After leaving baseball, Beazley was a beer distributor. He died of cancer at age 71.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1942)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1942)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1942)
  • Won two World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals (1942 & 1946)

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