48. Bobo Newsom
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 11, 1907 in Hartsville, SC USA
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 11, 1929
  • Final Game: September 17, 1953
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1938
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1940
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1940
  • MVP - 1938
  • MVP - 1939
  • MVP - 1940
  • MVP - 1946
 
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Is this not one of the most awesome names in Baseball history?

It is also the named owned by a pretty decent Pitcher.

Bobo only played for the Tigers for three seasons, but in that time frame he was an All Star twice and finished second in bWAR for Pitchers twice.  Most notably in the 1940 season he was the workhorse of the Tigers staff that won the American League Pennant, though Detroit would go down to defeat in seven games to the Cincinnati Reds.  Newsom would hurl 26 Innings with a 0.846 WHIP and a 1.36 ERA in that post season classic, a performance that propelled him up this list.

Statistically speaking, the well travelled Newson had his best tenure of his (very) fringe HOF career with the Tigers, though he played more seasons with four other teams.

Either that or we just love the name Bobo, which we most certainly do!

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Traded from the St. Louis Browns with Beau Bell, Red Kress and Jim Walkup for Mark Christman, George Gill, Bob Harris, Vern Kennedy, Chet Laabs and Roxie Lawson 5/13/39.
  • Departed: Purchased by the Washington Senators 3/31/42.
  • Games Played: 114
  • Notable Statistics: 50 Wins
    35 Losses
    3.59 ERA
    101 Games Started
    53 Complete Games
    8 Shutouts
    10 Games Finished
    4 Saves
    760.1 Innings Pitched
    503 Strikeouts
    3.62 FIP
    1.373 WHIP
    1.56 SO/BB
    16.8 bWAR

    3 Playoff Games
    2 Wins
    1 Loss
    1.38 ERA
    26 Innings Pitched
    17 Strikeouts
    0.85 WHIP
  • Major Accolades and Awards: All-Star (1939* & 1940)
    Most Games Started (1939*)
    Most Complete Games (1939*)
    Highest ERA+ (1940)

    * Newsom was traded early in the 1939 season from the St. Louis Browns.

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