Max Butcher

Max Butcher
Born: (1910-09-21)September 21, 1910
Holden, West Virginia
Died: September 15, 1957(1957-09-15) (aged 46)
Man, West Virginia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 20, 1936, for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 11, 1945, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 95–106
Earned run average 3.75
Strikeouts 485

Albert Maxwell Butcher (September 21, 1910 – September 15, 1957) was an American major league baseball pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1936-1945.[1]

Butcher was the opposing pitcher on June 15, 1938 when left-hander Johnny Vander Meer of the visiting Cincinnati Reds threw a second consecutive no-hitter, a feat never duplicated in Major League Baseball since. Butcher was the starting pitcher for Brooklyn in front of an uncommonly large crowd of 38,748, it also being the first night game played at Ebbets Field.

Butcher bounced back from a 17-loss 1939 season in 1941 with a 17-12 record for the Pirates that included 19 complete games. In 1944, he went 13-11 for Pittsburgh and ranked among the league leaders in shutouts with five.

Butcher died five days before his 47th birthday in Man, West Virginia, reportedly of a liver disease.


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