32. Howie Pollet
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: June 26, 1921 in New Orleans, LA USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: August 20, 1941
  • Final Game: September 23, 1956
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1946
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1946
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1949
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1949
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1949
 
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Howie Pollet was on the verge of becoming a star prior to going to serve his country in World War II.  He was named an All Star in 1943 and actually enlisted for service that day though he played enough games for his 1.75 ERA to win that title. 

When he returned in 1946 he lived up to the potential that the Cardinals thought he had as the southpaw became the ace of the staff leading the National League in Wins (21), Earned Run Average (2.10), Innings Pitched (266) while finishing fourth in MVP voting and taking the Cardinals back to the World Series where they win the title.  Pollet would slip over the next two seasons but rebounded for one more really good campaign in 1949 where he went to his third and final All Star Game with a 20 and 9 season finishing third in ERA and first in bWAR for Pitchers.  His game slipped afterwards and he would be traded to Pittsburgh midway through the 1951 season.

Pollet would go 97 and 65 as a St. Louis Cardinal.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Signed as an Amateur Free Agent prior to the 1939 Season.
  • Departed: Traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates with Dick Cole, Joe Garagiola, Bill Howerton and Ted Wilks for Cliff Chambers and Wally Westlake 6/15/51.
  • Games Played: 247
  • Notable Statistics: 97-65 Record
    177 Games Started
    3.06 ERA
    96 Complete Games
    33 Games Finished
    11 Saves
    1,401.2 Innings Pitched
    635 Strikeouts
    3.32 FIP
    1.297 WHIP
    28.0 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1942 & 1946)

    All Star (1943, 1946 & 1949)

    TSN Pitcher of the Year (1949)

    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1949)

    Lowest ERA (1946)

    Most Wins (1946)

    Most Innings Pitched (1949)

    Highest ERA+ (1946)

    Highest Win Probability Added (1946 & 1949)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1947)
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