Ned Franklin Garver (December 25, 1925 - February 26, 2017) is the only player in modern baseball history (post-1920) to win 20 or more games for a team that lost 100 or more in the same year and accounted for 40% of the St. Louis Brown’s 52 victories in 1951 as he went 20-12. Ned grew up on a farm and was the son of a semipro pitcher who encouraged his boys to play baseball when not working in the fields. The farm work was physically taxing and hard work that helped build Garver into a big, strong pitcher. As a senior in high school, he pitched every game for his high school team. He began playing professionally with the Newark (Ohio) Moundsmen in 1943 where he led the Ohio State League in wins (21), innings (245) and ERA (121) while batting .407 for the season. He also threw a no-hitter that year. Scouts from the St. Louis Browns scooped him up and he began pitching in the Gateway City in 1948. After a rough start with two losing seasons to begin his big league career, including 1949 when he led the American League in losses (17), Ned had a career year in 1951 when he went 20-12 with 85 strikeouts, 24 complete games, one shutout and a 3.73 ERA in 33 games. He led the AL in complete games that season for the second consecutive year, led Browns hitters with a .305 batting average and earned his one and only All-Star selection. Browns owner made Garver the team’s highest paid player after that season paying him $25,000 per season. Ned pitched 14 years in the big leagues with the Browns (1948-1952), the Detroit Tigers (1952-1956), the Kansas City Athletics (1957-1960), and the Los Angeles Angels (1961). He was highly regarded among the game’s great hitters of the time giving New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle difficult at bats and prompting Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams to quip, “He could throw anything up there and get me out.” Ned Garver retired following the 1961 season having gone 129-157 with 881 strikeouts, 153 complete games, 18 shutouts, 12 saves and a 3.73 ERA in 402 appearances. He also batted .218 for his career.