12. Lefty Gomez
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 26, 1908 in Rodeo, CA USA
  • Weight: 173 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: April 29, 1930
  • Final Game: May 30, 1943
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1932
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1932
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1934
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1934
  • Pitching Triple Crown - 1934
  • TSN All-Star - 1934
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1937
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1937
  • Pitching Triple Crown - 1937
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1938
  • TSN All-Star - 1938
 
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Along with Red Ruffing, the eccentric Lefty Gomez anchored a pitching staff that dominated the 1930’s.  Before the days of Yogi Berra, it was the southpaw that was the known for witty banter and unique sense of humor. 

This shouldn’t take away from what “El Goofo” did on the mound.  Gomez twice won the Pitcher’s Triple Crown (leading in Wins, Strikeouts and ERA) and posted a 189-101 record as a Yankee.  He also helped New York win six World Series Championships, and actually never lost a game in the Fall Classic, going 6-0.

He would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 as a Veteran’s Committee selection.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Purchased from San Francisco in the PCL for $45,000 8/17/29.
  • Departed: Purchased by the Boston Braves 1/25/43.
  • Games Played: 367
  • Notable Statistics: 189-101 Record
    367 Games Started
    3.34 ERA
    173 Complete Games
    10 Saves
    2,498.1 Innings Pitched
    1,468 Strikeouts
    3.87 FIP
    1.351 WHIP
    38.6 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (1932, 1936, 1937, 1938 & 1939)
    All Star (1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938 & 1939)
    Highest WAR for Pitchers (1934)
    Lowest ERA (1934 & 1937)
    Most Wins (1934 & 1937)
    Lowest WHIP (1934)
    Lowest H9 (1934 & 1937)
    Highest SO9 (1932 & 1934)
    Most Strikeouts (1932)
    Most Innings Pitched (1934)
    Most Strikeouts (1933, 1934 & 1937)
    Most Complete Games (1934)
    Most Shutouts (1934, 1937 & 1938)
    Highest SO/BB (1937)
    Highest ERA+ (1934 & 1937)
    Lowest FIP (1937)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1934)
    Most Assists by a Pitcher (1938)
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