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George Susce (pitcher)

George Susce
Born: (1931-09-13)September 13, 1931
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died: May 8, 2010(2010-05-08) (aged 78)
Matlacha, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 15, 1955 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
May 6, 1959 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Win-Loss record 22–17
Earned run average 4.42
Innings pitched 409⅔

George Daniel Susce (September 13, 1931 – May 8, 2010) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball. A right-handed pitcher and batter, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native stood 6'1" (185 cm) tall and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg). Also known as George Susce Jr., he was the son of George C. M. Susce, a former Major League catcher and longtime coach with numerous teams.

The younger Susce pitched for five seasons (1955–59) in the American League for the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. His rookie 1955 campaign for Boston was his finest. On July 20, he threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout against the Kansas City Athletics, with Vic Power getting the only base hit against him in the first inning. Ironically, Susce's father was on the Athletics' coaching staff at the time and that was the first MLB game he had ever seen his son pitch.[1] That season, Susce appeared in 29 games, starting 15, and compiled a 9–7 record with six complete games and an earned run average of 3.06.

Overall, he won 22, lost 17, and compiled an ERA of 4.42 in 117 Major League games, largely as a relief pitcher. Susce remained in the Boston area after his playing career ended, and was a longtime resident of Needham, Massachusetts, until he retired to his winter home in Florida. He died in Matlacha, Florida.


External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Death notice

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