Emory Nicholas "Bubba" Church (September 12, 1924 – September 17, 2001) Born and bred in Alabama, Bubba Church made his name up north with the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1951, he was the number two starter behind 21-game winner and eventual Hall of Famer Robin Roberts. That season, Church gave up almost as many hits as he had innings pitched, but he worked out of jams to the tune of a 15–11 record. In his rookie season, Church nearly became a baseball casualty. During the Phillies’ September run for the 1950 NL pennant, he was hit in the face by a line drive off the powerful bat of Cincinnati’s Ted Kluszewski. Church recovered but played sparingly for the rest of the season and did not pitch in the Series. His MLB career ended in 1955, but in 1957, Church pitched for the minor-league Miami Marlins alongside the great Satchel Paige. Bubba Church died in 2001 at age 77.