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Thomas Gerald Underwood (December 22, 1953 – November 22, 2010) was a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies (1974–77), St. Louis Cardinals (1977), Toronto Blue Jays (1978–79), New York Yankees (1980–81), Oakland Athletics (1981–83) and Baltimore Orioles (1984).

Tom Underwood
Tom Underwood in 1978.png
Underwood with the Philadelphia Phillies
Born: (1953-12-22)December 22, 1953
Kokomo, Indiana
Died: November 22, 2010(2010-11-22) (aged 56)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 19, 1974, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 23, 1984, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Win–loss record86–87
Earned run average3.89

He helped the Phillies win the 1976 and 1977 National League Eastern Division, the Yankees win the 1980 American League Eastern Division and the 1981 AL Pennant and the Athletics win the 1981 AL Western Division.

In 11 seasons he had an 86–87 win–loss record, appeared in 379 games, started 203 games, pitched 35 complete games, registered six shutouts, chalked up 68 complete games and notched 18 saves. During his career, Underwood pitched 1,586 innings. He gave up 1,554 hits, 772 runs, 685 earned runs, 130 home runs, 662 walks, 948 strikeouts, 28 hit batsmen and 62 wild pitches. He faced 6,814 batters and gave up 38 intentional walks, 12 balks and registered a career ERA of 3.89.

In 1978, Underwood was voted the Blue Jays' outstanding pitcher.[1]

His younger brother, Pat Underwood, also pitched in the majors for the Detroit Tigers.

Underwood died on November 22, 2010, from pancreatic cancer.[2] His son, J.D., was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 5th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.[3]


  1. ^ "Tom Underwood." Donruss Baseball Cards. (1982): 323
  2. ^ "Cancer claims Kokomo great Tom Underwood". Kokomo Tribune. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
  3. ^ Bloodlines Run Deep in 2013 Roster

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