Joe Dobson

Joseph Gordon Dobson (January 20, 1917 – June 23, 1994) was an American professional baseball player, a right-handed pitcher who appeared in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians (1939–40), Boston Red Sox (1941–43; 1946–50; 1954) and Chicago White Sox (1951–53).

Joe Dobson
Born: (1917-01-20)January 20, 1917
Durant, Oklahoma
Died: June 23, 1994(1994-06-23) (aged 77)
Jacksonville, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 26, 1939, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
April 30, 1954, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record137–103
Earned run average3.62
Career highlights and awards

Dobson was born in Durant, Oklahoma. At the age of nine, he lost his thumb and left forefinger playing with a dynamite cap, but it didn't keep him from reaching the Majors with the Indians. After two seasons in Cleveland he was sent to Boston.

An All-Star in 1948, Dobson enjoyed his best years with the Red Sox. Between 1941 and 1950 (excepting 1944–45, when he served in the United States Army during World War II),[1] he won 106 games for the Red Sox.

In a 14-season career, Dobson compiled a 137–103 record with 992 strikeouts, a 3.62 ERA, 112 complete games, 22 shutouts, 18 saves, and 2,170 innings in 414 games pitched (273 as a starter).

As a hitter, Dobson posted a .152 batting average (106-for-697) with 46 runs, 2 home runs, 35 RBI and 54 bases on balls. Defensively, he was above average, recording a .977 fielding percentage which was 20 points higher than the league average at his position.

In 2012, he was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Joe Dobson died in Jacksonville, Florida at the age of 77.[2] He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bill McKechnie
Boston Red Sox Pitching Coach
Succeeded by
Dave Ferriss