Monty Swartz

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Vernon Monroe Swartz

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 182 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Monty “Dazzy” Swartz was a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds who played only one Major League game but holds the record for most innings pitched for an individual who had only one appearance.

Swartz, a right-handed Ohio native, made his debut on October 3rd 1920, the very last day of the season. The Reds were in third place at the time and figured they’d give the twenty-three-year-old pitcher his first start. Swartz made his debut in Cincinnati, pitching against Cardinal Lou North. The game went into extra innings and Swartz took the loss in the 12th inning, thus making him the most tenured pitcher to ever make one appearance. Swartz allowed 17 hits, 6 earned runs, and two walks in his complete game. He faced 53 Cardinal hitters. Swartz did have a good day at the plate, going two-for-four with two singles.

The only other pitcher to pitch an extra-inning game in his only appearance was Hal Schwenk who picked up an 11-inning complete game victory for the St. Louis Browns in 1914.

Swartz never again pitched in the majors and never held any coaching or managing position in the majors. Swartz passed away in Ohio in 1980.

Related Sites[edit]

Find-A-Grave Memorial for Monty Swartz