Dave Wickersham

Pitcher, Baseball Player

1935 –

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Who is Dave Wickersham?

David Clifford Wickersham is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1960 through 1969, he played for the Kansas City Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals. Wickersham batted and threw right-handed. He debuted on September 18, 1960 and played his final game on July 26, 1969.

Wickersham while playing college ball at Ohio University was scouted by Branch Rickey and George Sisler. The Pittsburgh Pirates signed him in 1955. He was later acquired by the Kansas City Athletics in the 1959 minor league draft. He pitched for the Athletics in part of two seasons from 1960-61. In 1962 he had an 11-4 mark and led American League pitchers with a .733 winning percentage, and went 12-15 and 3.78 in 1963. At the end of that season, he was sent to the Detroit Tigers in the same trade that brought slugger Rocky Colavito to the Athletics.

Wickersham enjoyed his most productive season for Detroit in 1964, when he went 19-12 with a 3.44 ERA and posted career-numbers in strikeouts, starts, complete games, appearances and innings pitched, being considered in the American League MVP vote. His 19 victories also was a career-mark, missing a 20-win season due to an ejection in his last start from a ballgame which was tied 1–1 in the 7th inning. Mickey Lolich relieved him and earned a 4–2 win. Wickersham was ejected after calling time out three times to try to keep a base runner from advancing as Norm Cash argued with the call by Bill Valentine. Wickersham, a born-again Christian, had never been ejected from any game all his life up to the time this took place. Valentine apparently deeply regretted the call for years, saying he had been "too impulsive" in his ejection; however, Wickersham wrote him a letter in 2004, reassuring the ump that he made the right call, in an attempt to relieve him of his burden.

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Sep 27, 1935
  • Ohio University
Lived in
  • Erie

on July 23, 2013


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