Ellis Kinder - 1951 Bowman

Ellis Raymond Kinder (1914-1968) was not only one of the most beloved players in the Majors, by his teammates and fans, during the 1950s, but was also one of the first effective and successful relief pitchers the game had ever seen. The Arkansas native rejected working in the cotton fields in favor of baseball, though he eventually drawn back to the farm when both of his parents died in 1937 and he was obliged to raise his three siblings as well as his own family. But kinder was a natural and went 21-9 in 1940 with the Jackson Generals of the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League and then 19-6 with the Memphis Chickasaws of the Southern Association in 1944. After spending 1945 in the United States Navy during World War II, Ellis was purchased by the St. Louis Browns even though he was 31 years old. He spent two seasons with the Browns (1946-1947) and was then shipped to the Boston Red Sox where he enjoyed his best years. Though he had a reputation for boozing and chasing women, manager Joe McCarthy had confidence in the 6’0” lefthander. Boston used Kinder as a starter during his first years in Beantown and in 1949 he went 23-6 with a league leading winning percentage (.793) and league high six shutouts. Though the Cy Young Award was not awarded until 1956, Kinder won The Sporting News’ American League Pitcher of the Year Award, the accepted top-pitching award of the era. But, it was out of the bullpen that Kinder earned his greatest respect as he led the American League three times in games finished and games pitched and saves twice. Three times with the Red Sox, Ellis was considered for the league’s top honor of MVP finishing a career best 5th in 1949. Ellis played eight seasons in Boston (1948-1955) and finished his Major League career with the St. Louis Cardinals (1956) and Chicago White Sox (1956-1957). Ellis Kinder pitched until he was 42 compiling a record of 102-71 with 749 strikeouts, 56 complete games, ten shutouts, 104 saves and a 3.43 ERA in 484 games.



Condition Census (Explain)

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1 MINT 9
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1 MINT 9
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1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5 (2)

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