17. Mike Garcia
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 17, 1923 in San Gabriel, CA USA
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: October 03, 1948
  • Final Game: September 02, 1961
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In the first half of the 1950s, Mike Garcia was part of an excellent pitching staff that the Cleveland Indians had that boasted Bob Lemon, Early Wynn, and Bob Feller.  Garcia was then and now in the shadows of those more prominent names, but he was a star in his own right.

A Californian with an Indigenous Mexican background, Garcia served the U.S. in World War II but was only 22 when it ended, so he never missed any time where he would have been on a big league roster. Garcia made it to the Majors with the Cleveland Indians in 1948 for one game, and he was a starter in 1949, winning the ERA title as a rookie (2.36).  In 1951 and 1952, Garcia was a 20 Game winner and was close to that mark in 1953 and 1954.  In that '54 season, he won his second ERA title and helped the Indians win the American League Pennant.   

A four-time leader in FIP, Garcia's peak ended in 1954, though he played seven more seasons, five more with Cleveland, and one each with the White Sox and the Senators.  Garcia had a record for the Indians of 142-96 and 1,095 Strikeouts and entered their Hall of Fame in 2007.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Signed as an Amateur Free Agent before the 1942 Season.
  • Departed:

    Released 5/29/58.

    Acquired (2): Signed as a Free Agent 1/23/59.

    Departed (2): Released 10/23/59.

  • Games Played: 397
  • Notable Statistics:

    142 Wins
    96 Losses
    281 Games Started
    3.24 ERA
    111 Complete Games
    65 Games Finished
    22 Saves
    2,138.0 Innings Pitched
    1,095 Strikeouts
    3.18 FIP
    1.309 WHIP
    30.8 bWAR

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1952, 1953 & 1954)
    Lowest ERA (1949 & 1954)
    Lowest WHIP (1954)
    Most Games Started (1952)
    Most Shutouts (1952 & 1954)
    Highest SO/BB (1949)
    Highest ERA+ (1949)
    Lowest FIP (1949, 1951, 1952 & 1954)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1954)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1953 & 1956)

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