Dick Donovan

Dick Donovan

Dick Donovan
Donovan in 1955.
Born: Boston, Massachusetts
Died: January 6, 1997(1997-01-06) (aged 69)
Weymouth, Massachusetts
Batted: Left Threw: Right
check debut
April 24, 1950, for the Boston Braves
Last MLB appearance
June 12, 1965, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 122–99
Earned run average 3.67
Strikeouts 880
Career highlights and awards

Richard Edward "Dick" Donovan (December 27, 1927 – January 6, 1997) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He pitched for the Boston Braves (1950–1952), Detroit Tigers (1954), Chicago White Sox (1955–1960), Washington Senators (1961), and the Cleveland Indians (1962–1965).

Donovan batted left-handed and threw right-handed. During a 15-year baseball career, he compiled 122 wins, 880 strikeouts, and a 3.67 earned run average.

Donovan, as a member of the White Sox, pitched in the 1959 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He lost his only World Series start in Game 3, but saved Game 5 for the White Sox, and pitched in relief in Game 6, allowing two hits, three earned runs, walked one, and struck out none. In his only postseason appearance, he compiled 0 wins, 1 loss, 1 save, 5 strikeouts, and a 5.40 earned run average. At the plate in the Series, he went 1-3 (.333 batting average).

His 1962 season was his career-best, when he won 20 games in 34 games started with 16 complete games and five shutouts in 250-1/3 innings, all of them new career-highs, for Cleveland. The book "Portrait of a Franchise: An Intimate Look at Cleveland Indians Baseball During the Rockin' Sixties" by Doug Kurkul chronicles Donovan's successful quest for 20 wins that season.

See also

External links

  • Baseball Library
  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference