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Raymond Leonard Culp (born August 6, 1941) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies (19631966), Chicago Cubs (1967), and Boston Red Sox (19681973).

Ray Culp
Ray Culp 1969.jpg
Born: (1941-08-06) August 6, 1941 (age 78)
Elgin, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 10, 1963, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 3, 1973, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record122–101
Earned run average3.58
Career highlights and awards

MLB careerEdit

Culp’s first year was an impressive one, as he compiled a 14–11 win–loss record for the Phillies and was eighth in the National League (NL) in strikeouts, although his control was somewhat shaky … leading the league in walks, with 102.

As a rookie, he made the 1963 NL All-Star squad and went on to retire Al Kaline, Frank Malzone, and Carl Yastrzemski (around a Leon Wagner single), in a scoreless fifth inning of the Senior Circuit’s 5–3 victory.

Culp returned to the All-Star game in 1969, pitching a perfect ninth inning for the American League (AL). He retired Pete Rose (on a foul pop fly) and struck out Randy Hundley and Tony Pérez.

He strung together four steady seasons for the Red Sox from 19681971, winning between 14 and 17 games in each. None of his teams during Culp's career appeared in a postseason game.

In 11 seasons he had a 122–101 win-loss record, 322 games, 268 games started, 80 complete games, 22 shutouts, 21 games finished, 1 save, 1,898​13 innings pitched, 1,677 hits allowed, 863 runs allowed, 755 earned runs allowed, 188 home runs allowed, 752 walks allowed, 1,411 strikeouts, 70 hit batsmen, 73 wild pitches, 8,066 batters faced, 58 intentional walks, 3 balks, and a 3.58 ERA.

Accomplishments and statisticsEdit

  • Selected by The Sporting News as National League Rookie Pitcher of the Year, 1963[1]
  • Named to the 1963 National League All-Star Team and the 1969 American League All-Star Team
  • Led the National League in hit batsmen (12, 1965) the American League (11, 1970)
  • Led the National League in walks allowed (102) (1963)
  • Ranks 99th on the MLB career hits allowed per nine innings pitched list (7.95)
  • Ranks 95th on the MLB career strikeouts per nine innings pitched list (6.69)


  1. ^ "Rookie Pitcher of the Year Award". Retrieved October 10, 2015.

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