Randy Gumpert - 1951 Bowman

Randall Pennington “Randy” Gumpert (1918-2008) enjoyed a somewhat mediocre 10-year career, though his career actually spans three decades, but he will be forever linked to one of the game’s greatest players in Mickey Mantle as he served up Mantle’s first career home run on May 1, 1951 while pitching for the Chicago White Sox. A standout pitcher at Birdsboro High School in Monocacy, Pennsylvania, Gumpert got a boost from his father after he wrote a letter to Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack pleading for the legendary manager to take a look at his son. Impressed with the boy, Mack gave the teenager a job pitching batting practice and then signed him two weeks after graduating. Randy spent here seasons with the Athletics (1936-1938) winning his first start with a complete game two-hit shutout of the White Sox. On September 13, Gumpert (18) faced Cleveland Indians fireballer Bob Feller in a well-hyped battle of the teenagers, but Feller got the best of him as Philadelphia lost 5-2 while Feller set a Major League rookie record with 17 strikeouts. But, it would be his last win for nearly ten years as he headed to the minor leagues from 1940 to 1946, stay for three years service in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. After the war, Gumpert returned to the Major Leagues with the New York Yankees going 11-3 with a 2.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 33 appearances. He earned his only trip the All-Star Game in 1951 after starting 7-2 before the break. Unfortunately, arm injuries plagued the right-hander for much of his career. Gumpert pitched for the Yankees (1946-1948), the White Sox (1948-1951), the Boston Red Sox (1952) and the Washington Senators (1952) before calling it a career. Randy Gumpert went 51059 with 352 strikeouts, six shutouts, seven saves and a 4.17 ERA in 113 games. After his playing days he worked as a minor league manager and then stepped into a scouting role for the Yankees in 1961. He became a member of the Major League Scouting Bureau in 1974 and was inducted into the Major League Scouting Hall of Fame.



Condition Census (Explain)

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