Ted Abernathy (abernte02)
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This page is for Theodore Wade Abernathy. For Talmadge Lafayette Abernathy, major league pitcher from 1942-1944, click here.
Theodore Wade Abernathy
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 215 lb.
- High School Stanley (NC) High School
- Debut April 13, 1955
- Final Game September 30, 1972
- Born March 6, 1933 in Stanley, NC USA
- Died December 16, 2004 in Gastonia, NC USA
Ted Abernathy broke into pro baseball in 1952, going 20-13 and leading the Coastal Plain League with 293 strikeouts. He missed much of 1953 and all of the 1954 season due to military service. An injury forced him to switch to a submarine delivery, which proved very effective. He was one of the top relievers in baseball in the 1960s, leading the National League with 31 saves for the 1965 Chicago Cubs and a circuit-topping 28 for the 1967 Cincinnati Reds.
Abernathy died in 2004 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years.
He primarily wore number 36 during his career.
- 2-time NL Reliever of the Year Award Winner (1965 & 1967)
- 3-time NL Games Pitched Leader (1965, 1967 & 1968)
- 2-time NL Saves Leader (1965 & 1967)
- 30 Saves Seasons: 1 (1965)