Born: September 21, 1910|
Holden, West Virginia
Died: September 15, 1957 46) (aged|
Man, West Virginia
|April 20, 1936, for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 11, 1945, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||3.75|
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.
- "Baseball Reference-Max Butcher Statistics". Retrieved 2008-06-08.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)