Nels Potter

Nels Potter
Born: (1911-08-23)August 23, 1911
Mount Morris, Illinois
Died: September 30, 1990(1990-09-30) (aged 79)
Mount Morris, Illinois
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 25, 1936, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 1949, for the Boston Braves
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 92–97
Earned run average 3.99
Strikeouts 747

Nelson Thomas Potter (August 23, 1911 – September 30, 1990) was a professional baseball pitcher. He played all or part of twelve seasons in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals (1936), Philadelphia Athletics (1938–41 and 1948), Boston Red Sox (1941), St. Louis Browns (1943–48) and Boston Braves (1948–49).

Born in Mount Morris, Illinois, Potter was a member of pennant-winning teams with the Browns (1944 American League pennant) and the Braves (1948 National League pennant). He led the American League in earned runs allowed, with (144) in 1939.

Potter finished ninth in voting for the 1944 American League MVP, with a 19–7 win–loss record, 16 complete games, three shutouts, and a 2.83 ERA. In 12 seasons, he compiled a 92–97 win-loss record, six shutouts, 22 saves, and a 3.99 ERA.

Potter was a screwball pitcher.[1]

He had two sons and a daughter: Nelson Jr., James, and Barbara.[2] Potter died in his hometown of Mount Morris at the age of 79.


  1. James, Bill; Neyer, Rob (2004-06-15). The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. Simon and Schuster. p. 52. ISBN 9780743261586. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  2. Davis, Sid. "Nels Potter". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved 7 February 2014.

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