Ken Raffensberger

Ken Raffensberger

Ken Raffensberger
Raffensberger in about 1953.
Born: (1917-08-08)August 8, 1917
York, Pennsylvania
Died: November 10, 2002(2002-11-10) (aged 85)
York, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 25, 1939, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
June 2, 1954, for the Cincinnati Redlegs
MLB statistics
Win-loss record 119-154
Earned run average 3.60
Strikeouts 806
Career highlights and awards
  • National League All-Star: 1944
  • 2-time National League shutout leader
  • Three times received MVP votes. (1949, 1951, 1952)

Kenneth David Raffensberger (August 8, 1917 – November 10, 2002) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1939 through 1954, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1939), Chicago Cubs (1940–41), Philadelphia Phillies (1943–47), and Cincinnati Reds/Redlegs (1947–1954). Raffensberger batted right-handed and threw left-handed. He was born in York, Pennsylvania.


  • Career 1
  • Leaderboards and Awards appearances 2
  • Quotations 3
  • See also 4
  • Sources 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


In a 15-season career, Raffensberger posted a win-loss record of 119–154 with 806 strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA in 2151.2 innings pitched. His career winning percentage was .463, despite being an all-star and having an above average career ERA (3.60).

He started his career as a fastball pitcher, particularly gaining success with his rising fastball. Towards the later end of his career, however, starting in the early 1940s, he developed a dependable forkball to complement his fastball, slow curve, and change. He had one of the widest ranges of deliveries in the majors, ranging from underhand to overhand and a variety of side arm and three-quarter deliveries in between.[1] Stan Musial said in 1964 of Raffensberger:

Raffy had nothing except slow stuff, and a forkball, but, with changing speeds and control, he made those pitches seem so fat when they weren't... I stubbornly tried to slug with him and didn't have much success."

Raffensberger died in York, Pennsylvania, at age 85.

Leaderboards and Awards appearances


  • I didn't go along with it... I never believed in throwing at a guy, Raffensberger said, after Phillies manager Ben Chapman had instructed his pitchers to throw the ball at Jackie Robinson when there was a 3–0 count.
  • St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial said on an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that Raffensberger was the toughest left-handed pitcher he had ever faced and dubbed him "Crafty Raffy."

See also


  • Baseball Almanac
  • Baseball Library
  • Baseball Reference
  • Baseball Spot at the Wayback Machine (archived January 16, 2005)
  • The Deadball Era
  • Historic Baseball
  • York Wiki


  1. ^ The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. Bill James and Rob Neyer. 2004.

External links