George Earnshaw

George Earnshaw
Birthdate 2/15/1900
Death Date 12/1/1976
Debut Year 1928
Year of Induction
Teams Athletics, Cardinals, Dodgers, Phillies, White Sox
Positions Pitcher, Pitching Coach, Scout

Before earning a Bronze Star for heroism in WWII, George Earnshaw was a 3-time 20-game winner who had a 1.58 ERA and 5 complete games in 8 World Series starts.

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Geroge Earnshaw was the right-handed ace for Connie Mack's dynastic Philadelphia Athletics

Geroge Earnshaw was the right-handed ace for Connie Mack's dynastic Philadelphia Athletics

George Earnshaw teamed with Lefty Grove to anchor the pitching staff for three pennant-winning Philadelphia Athletics teams. From 1929-1931, Connie Mack’s club was the best team in the big leagues. The offense featured Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Mickey Cochrane. From the mound, right-hander
Earnshaw and Hall of Fame hurler Dazzy Vance were roommates with Brooklyn in 1935

Earnshaw and Hall of Fame hurler Dazzy Vance were roommates with Brooklyn in 1935

Connie Mack traded George Earnshaw to the Chicago White Sox after the 1933 season. In his first season in the Windy City, the big right-hander led the staff in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. When Sox management tried to cut his salary for 1935, Earnshaw threatened to retire. After agreeing to return, he
A 44-year old Earnshaw earned the Bronze Star for heroics in the Pacific Theater during World War II

A 44-year old Earnshaw earned the Bronze Star for heroics in the Pacific Theater during World War II

Though exempt for the World War II draft because of his age, George Earnshaw enlisted into the US Navy. When the aircraft carrier Yorktown was commissioned, volunteers were taken to serve aboard the new ship. Earnshaw left a cushy job coaching a Navy baseball team, opting instead for action in the
After WWII, Earnshaw helped Robin Roberts become an All Star and 20-game winner

After WWII, Earnshaw helped Robin Roberts become an All Star and 20-game winner

When George Earnshaw returned from World War II, he came back to baseball. As pitching coach for the Phillies from 1949-1951 he mentored future Hall of Famer Robin Roberts. In Earnshaw’s first year, Roberts improved on his 7-game win total as a rookie to post 15 victories. The following year R

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George Earnshaw was a World Series champ and WWII hero

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George Earnshaw

The college standout takes an unconventional path to pro ball George Earnshaw took the road less traveled. Throughout his life he made unexpected decisions that always had a way of working out. Living on his own terms he became the right-handed ace of a baseball dynasty and a World War II hero. Earnshaw was a star in football, basketball, and baseball at Swarthmore College and later a member of the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. On the pitcher’s mound the 6’4″, 210-pounder was an especially imposing presence. When he left the school in 1922, baseball scouts tabbed him as the top local prospect. The International League’s Double-A Baltimore Orioles were Earnshaw’s most persistent suitor. When they wouldn’t agree to his demand of $600 per month, Earnshaw took a job with his uncle’s transportation business in Newark, New Jersey. He later joked he was the only holdout in baseball history who had yet to play a professional game. Over the next couple of years, the Orioles reminded Earnshaw of their interest each time they traveled to Newark to play the Bears. When his uncle’s business closed in 1924, Earnshaw finally took the Orioles up on their baseball offer. More than two […]

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