Erwin Coolidge "Bob" Porterfield
(Born: August 10, 1923 in Newport, Virginia
, USA, died: April 28, 1980 in Charlotte, North Carolina
) is a former right-handed Major League Baseball
pitcher. He played for twelve seasons between 1948 and 1959 for the New York Yankees
, Washington Senators
, Boston Red Sox
, Pittsburgh Pirates
and Chicago Cubs
. He appeared in one All-Star game in his career.
Originally signed by the Yankees in 1946, it didn't take him long to reach the Majors. He made his debut on August 8, 1948 at the age of 24. He showed some promise in his rookie season, going 5 and 3 with a 4.50 ERA in 78 innings of work. Although he walked 34 and struck out only 30 batters, he threw only one wild pitch in that time so his control must not have been too much of a concern. While in the minors in 1948, he led the International League
He spent the next couple years with the Yankees, never playing a full season with them. In his time with them, he wore the number 18, except in 1951, he wore 23.
On June 15, 1951, he was sent with Tom Ferrick
and Fred Sanford
to the Senators for Bob Kuzava
. It would end up being that the Senators would end up getting the better of the deal-in less than three seasons with the Yankees, Kuzava would go 15 and 19 as a starter/reliever. In contrast, Ferrick went 6 and 3 with a 2.73 ERA in 49 relief appearances with the Senators. Although Stanford did not amount to much, Bob Porterfield was the gem of the trade. In 1952, he posted a... Read More