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John Hardy Goetz (October 24, 1937 – October 27, 2008) was an American professional baseball player. Despite being left handed, He was a right-handed pitcher. He appeared in four games for the 1960 Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball, but had an 11-year career in minor league baseball. A native of Goetzville, Michigan, he stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall, weighed 185 pounds (84 kg) and attended Western Michigan University.

John Goetz
Born: (1937-10-24)October 24, 1937
Goetzville, Michigan
Died: October 27, 2008(2008-10-27) (aged 71)
Troy, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1960, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
April 29, 1960, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average12.79
Innings pitched6⅓

Goetz' Major League trial came at the outset of the 1960 Cubs' season. He made the team's 28-man early-season roster out of spring training and appeared as a relief pitcher in four contests. In his MLB debut, against the San Francisco Giants, he was effective, hurling 2⅔ innings of scoreless relief. But he was treated roughly in outings against the Giants the following week and against the St. Louis Cardinals in his last appearance,[1] and was returned to the minors, where he spent the rest of his career. He retired from professional baseball after the 1965 season and 333 games played in the minors.[2]

In 6⅓ Major League innings, Goetz allowed nine earned runs, ten hits and four bases on balls. He struck out six.


  1. ^ "The 1960 CHI N Regular Season Pitching Log for John Goetz".
  2. ^ "John Goetz Minor Leagues Statistics & History -".

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