Preacher Roe - 1951 Topps Red Back

Edwin Charles “Preacher” Roe (February 26, 1916 - November 9, 2008) caught the attention of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1937 when he struck out 26 batters in a 13-inning game while pitching for Harding University Bisons. Roe played one game for the Cards, then spent five years in the minors until the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired him in 1943. Preacher, who was given his lifetime nickname as a 3-year-old, led the National League in 1945 with 148 strikeouts and posted a 2.87 ERA in 31 starts earning his first of five All-Star selections. During the offseason in 1945, while coaching high school basketball, Roe fractured his skull in a confrontation with a referee and struggled to get back to his winning form. In 1948, Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey, former GM of the Cardinals who sign Roe initially, acquired Preacher, remembering his early brilliance and hoping he could return to form. He pitched seven seasons in a Brooklyn uniform alongside Clem Labine, Don Newcombe and Carl Erskine, helping them capture three National League pennants (1949, 1952, 1953) only to fall to the New York Yankees in each World Series. Preacher enjoyed his best season in 1951 when he went 22-3 with a league leading winning percentage (880), 113 strikeouts and a 3.03 ERA en route to the 1951 The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award. Roe pitched for 12 seasons with the Cardinals (1938), the Pirates (1944-1947) and the Dodgers (1948-1954), earning five All-Star Game appearances. Preacher Roe finished his career with a 127-84 record, 956 career strikeouts and a career 3.43 ERA.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9 (51)

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