17. Lew Burdette
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 22, 1926 in Nitro, WV USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 26, 1950
  • Final Game: July 16, 1967
  • Babe Ruth Award - 1957
  • World Series MVP - 1957
  • Cy Young - 1958
  • MVP - 1956
  • MVP - 1957
  • MVP - 1958
  • MVP - 1959
 
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Lew Burdette was a consistent Pitcher for the Milwaukee Braves where he would win 179 Games for the franchise.  Burdette first became noticed in the 1953 season when he went 15 and 5 and was 7th in ERA.  The hurler remained solid for a couple of years and in the last half of the 50’s he would go on his best run where from 1956 to 1961 he never had less than 17 Wins and in three of those seasons he was the National League leader in BB/9.  Burdette would also win the ERA Title (1956) and the Wins leader in 1959.

An All Star twice (1957 & 1959), Burdette would help Warren Spahn propel the Braves to the World Series, and Lew was at his absolute best going 3-0 in the Fall Classic with a 0.67 ERA and a 0.926 WHIP.  He would win the World Series MVP that year.

Despite his on field accomplishments, Burdette might be best known for being a prankster and fun loving individual who was popular with teammates and fans alike.  If this list was based on overall likability, it would have been hard to supplant Lew Burdette.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Traded by the New York Yankees with $50,000 for Johnny Sain 8/29/51.
  • Departed: Traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Gene Oliver and Bob Sadowski 6/15/63.
  • Games Played: 468
  • Notable Statistics: 179 Wins
    120 Losses
    3.53 ERA
    330 Games Started
    146 Complete Games
    30 Shutouts
    88 Games Finished
    24 Saves
    2,638 Innings Pitched
    923 Strikeouts
    3.70 FIP
    1.234 WHIP
    1.66 SO/BB
    28.4 bWAR

    6 Playoff Games
    4 Wins
    2 Losses
    2.92 ERA
    49.1 Innings Pitched
    25 Strikeouts
    1.03 WHIP
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1957)
    All-Star (1957 & 1959x2)
    World Series MVP (1957)
    Babe Ruth Award (1957)
    Lowest ERA (1956)
    Most Wins (1959)
    Lowest BB/9 (1958, 1960 & 1961)
    Most Innings Pitched (1961)
    Most Games Started (1959)
    Most Shutouts (1956 & 1959)
    Lowest FIP (1958)
    Most Putouts by a Pitcher (1958 & 1960)
    Most Assists by a Pitcher (1960)

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