Let’s cap off a nice 13-year Major League career for former pitcher Dick Ellsworth, who pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers in his final year as a pro:
Ellsworth appeared in 11 games for the Brewers during the 1971 season, going 0-1 with a 4.91 earned run average in 14.2 innings.
It would be the final action he’d see in the Majors after a solid career that began in 1958 with the Chicago Cubs.
His best season would unfortunately be the same season a guy named Sandy Koufax exploded for his 1st Cy Young Award in 1963.
That year Ellsworth sparkled for the Cubs, going 22-10 with a 2.11
E.R.A. and 185 strikeouts over 37 starts and 290.2 innings pitched.
He’d win 14 games each of the next two seasons before losing 22 games in
1966, even though his E.R.A. was under 4.00, but he’d bounce back in
1968 as a member of the Boston Red Sox when he posted a 16-7 record with
a 3.03 E.R.A. over 28 starts and 196 innings of work.
All in all he’d finish with a record of 115 and 137 with a 3.72 E.R.A.,
along with 1140 strikeouts over 407 appearances, 310 of them starts, and
2155.2 innings pitched.