Thomas James Acker
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 215 lb.
- High School Fair Lawn High School
- Debut April 20, 1956
- Final Game September 20, 1959
- Born March 7, 1930 in Paterson, NJ USA
Tom Acker was signed by the New York Giants as an amateur free agent in 1948. He spent the 1948 season in the minors with the Wisconsin State League Oshkosh Giants. He won 3 games, lost 6 and had a 5.06 ERA. Acker was back with the Oshkosh team in 1949, winning 14 and losing 7. Acker spent the 1950 season with the Tri-State League Knoxville Smokies, winning 6 games and losing 3 with a 3.07 ERA.
He was drafted by the International League Buffalo Bisons on December 4, 1950, in the minor league draft. On October 14, 1951 the Buffalo team traded him along with Moe Savransky to the Cincinnati Reds for Jim Bolger.
Acker was called to serve in the United States military in 1952. After his military time was fulfilled, he returned to baseball with the 1954 Texas League Tulsa Oilers. He had 7 wins and 8 losses with a 5.08 ERA while with the Tulsa team.
This was enough to give Tom his try in the major leagues and he spent the next four seasons, 1956 through 1959 on the Cincinnati Redlegs pitching staff. Over the four-year period, Acker appeared in 153 games, winning 19 and losing 13, pitching 380 innings and winding up with a 4.12 ERA.
Acker spent his last season in pro ball with the 1960 International League Richmond Virginians, appearing in 15 games and closing out his career with a 0-2 won-loss record and a 5.06 ERA.
The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
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