The Chicago Cubs finished in seventh place in the then eight team National League in '53. The club's record was 65-89, a full 40 games out of first place and its pitching staff posted an ERA of 4.79, next to the last in all of baseball.
Chicago Cubs 1953 Pitching Summary:
Warren Hacker 12-19 record, 4.38 ERA in 39 Games... Paul Minner 12-15, 4.21 ERA in 31G... Johnny Klippstein 10-11, 4.83 ERA in 48G... Bob Rush 9-14, 4.54 ERA... Dutch Leonard 2-3, 4.60 ERA in 45G... Bubba Church 4-5, 5.00 ERA in 27G... Sheldon Jones 0-2, 5.40 ERA in 22G
Howie Pollet 5-6, 4.12 ERA in 25G... Turk Lown 8-7, 5.16 ERA in 49G... Duke Simpson 1-2, 8.00 ERA in 30G... Fred Baczewski 0-0, 6.30 ERA in 9G... Don Elston 0-1, 14.40 ERA in 2G... Bob Kelly 0-1, 9.53 ERA in 14G... Bill Moisan 0-0, 5.40 ERA in 3G... Bob Schultz 0-2, 5.40 ERA in 7G... Jim Wills 2-1, 3.12 ERA in 13G
Pitcher Bios - complied from 'Who's Who Magazines'
Johnny Klippstein, Right-handed - one of the team's workhorses, he's showing marked improvement each year. In 1953, Johnny Klippstein appeared in 48 games and completed 5-of-19 starts, allowed just 169 hits in 167 2/3 innings, struck out 113 batters, walked 107 and collected 6 saves while posting a 10-11 record.
Bob Rush, Right-handed - was a good pitcher in 1953 in face of the team's poor defense. Added a great curveball to his fastball and should be a consistent winner. The big, 6ft, 5inch, 201-pound Bob Rush completed 8-of-28 starts, threw one shutout and hurled 166 2/3 innings.
Paul Minner, Left-handed - the big, 6ft, 4inch, 220-pound, southpaw has been the workhorse of the Cubs the past few years... his wins came in handy and his stamina tremendous. In 1953, Paul Minner was 12-15, completed 9-of-27 starts and relieved in 4 others and gained a save in 201 innings.
Turk Lown, Right-handed - looks like a big-winner in the future. He went 8-7 in '53, appeared in a team-high 49 games, completed 2-of-12 starts, struck out 76, walked 84 in 143 and a 1/3 innings.
Warren Hacker, Right-handed - has been on the Cubs' pitching since 1948 and his losses last year were mostly due to bad breaks. He led the team in innings pitched with 221 1/3 and completed 9-of-32 starts, relieved in seven others and collected two saves. A control pitcher, Warren Hacker walked only 54 batters and fanned 106 in 1953. However, he led the Cubs' staff in homers allowed with 35... had a nice 2.54 opponents batting average.
Tom Duke Simpson, Right-handed - throws a slider and a hard-curveball. A highly-rated rookie, he came on in relief in 29 games in '53, was 1-2 W/L in 45 innings, striking out 21 batters, walked 25 but had a disappointing 8.00 ERA.
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Waiting in the Wings - Pitching in the minors with the 1954 Cedar Rapids Indians Class B an affiliate off the Chicago Cubs
Luther Burns 28 years-old, Starting Pitcher - throws a mixture of pitches. Started 15 games for Cedar Rapids in 1954 and compiled a 9-11 record with a 3.37 ERA. Luther Burns was second on the team with 155 innings pitched and in wins with 9.
Darrell Rothrock 26 years-old, Starting Pitcher - led Cedar Rapids in wins with a 12-9 record and a 3.91 ERA. Darrell Rothrock relied on a rapid fastball and a fine change up to stymie hitters. He led the team with 212 innings, and led with 26 starts.
Ed Funai 25 years-old Starting and Relief Pitcher - posted a fine 8-5 wins/loss record with a 4.86 ERA. Edward Funai was a durable mound worker. In 1954 he started 17 games and relieved in 15 others.
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