Jack Baldschun

Pitcher, Baseball Player

1936 –

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Who is Jack Baldschun?

Jack Edward Baldschun was a relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and San Diego Padres.

Baldschun was a graduate of Greenville High School. He was originally signed by the Washington Senators out of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1956. In 1957 while playing minor league ball for the Wausau, Wisconsin Lumberjacks, he met his future wife, Charlotte Kolbe. They were married April 10, 1958 and eventually had two children, Kim and Brad.

The right-handed pitcher was selected by the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft on November 28, 1960. After learning how to throw the screwball, Baldschun made it to the majors as a 24-year-old rookie in 1961.

He made his major league debut on April 28, 1961 in relief of Chris Short in a 10-9 Phillies road loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Baldschun pitched one inning, allowing no runs, one hit and one walk. That season. the Phillies endured their fourth straight last-place finish with a major league-worst 47–107 mark and a 23-game losing streak in August that still stands as a record. However, Baldschun led all National League pitchers with 65 appearances and was the only Phillies pitcher with a winning record.

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Born
Oct 16, 1936
Greenville
Profession
Education
  • Miami University
Lived in
  • Greenville

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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