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  • Johnny Kucks, former KC Athletics pitcher, passes away

    Johnny Kucks was more well-known for his tenure with the Yankees, but he spent a season and a half with the Kansas City Athletics toward the end of his career. Traded with Jerry Lumpe and Tom Sturdivant from New York to KC for Hector Lopez and Ralph Terry in May 1959, he won eight games in his first season with the Athletics and earned another handful of victories in his next - and final - year.

    Johnny Kucks, a sinkerballing right-hander who was just 24 when he shut out the Brooklyn Dodgers to clinch the 1956 World Series for the Yankees in the seventh game, died on Thursday in Saddle River, N.J. He was 81.
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/02/sp...t-81.html?_r=0

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    The website baseball-reference.com lists him as a year younger than Cowtipper reported. Either way he peaked at 23 or 24 in 1956 with a fine 18-9 record that earned him a spot on the American League All-Stars roster. (The fact that he didn't pitch in the game may have had to do with Casey Stengel being the Yankees manager as well as the American League all-stars' manager and Stengel idled Kucks so that he could pitch in a Yankees regular season game instead. Johnny Kucks had one season in the minors (1952) before he was drafted into the military near the end of The Korean War, missing the 1953 and 1954 seasons. He was a rookie in 1955 going 8-7 and then he had his great '56 season. He was only in the majors for six seasons until 1960, meaning that he last appeared in the majors at age 27 or 28. I'm assuming that a physical injury curtailed his career. Does anyone know the nature of his
    career-shortening injury?

    -philliesfiend55-

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