John Charles Babich (May 14, 1913 - January 19, 2001) struggled for three years on the mound in the National League, but then went 14-13 after joining the American League’s Philadelphia Athletics, which included five wins against the reigning World Champion New York Yankees. Though his professional career began in 1931, it was after his 20-15 season with the Mission Reds of the Pacific Coast League that caught the eye of the Brooklyn Dodgers who promptly purchased his rights in 1934. Babich pitched three seasons in the National League with the Dodgers (1934-1935) and the Boston Bees (1936) posting a 14-25 record in 112 games and 86 starts. John returned to the minors for three seasons and then the Athletics grabbed him from the New York Yankees in the Rule 5 Draft in 1939. Babich’s resurgent 1940 season not only included his 14-13 record, but also career-high in strikeouts (94), complete games (16) and starts (30) while posting a career-low 3.73 ERA. Though he once again returned to the minors to complete his career, John Babich went 30-45 with 231 strikeouts, 34 complete games, three shutouts and a 4.93 ERA in 86 starts and 112 appearances.