Time to go and add former pitcher George Culver to the long-running “career-capper” thread with this 1975 edition as he finished off a nine-year Big League career in 1974:
Culver appeared in 14 games for the Philadelphia Phillies during the
1974 season, going 1-0 with a bloated 6.65 earned run average over 21.2
innings of work.
He would go and spend all of 1975 in the Minors, but never appear in a
Major League game again, finishing his Big League tenure with a record
of 48-49 with an ERA of 3.62 over 335 appearances and 788.2 innings
His best season would be 1968, as with many other National League
pitchers, when he posted a record of 11-16 for the Cincinnati Reds along
with an ERA of 3.23 over 42 appearances, 35 of those starts, with five
complete games, two shutouts and two saves.
In doing the quick research for this post, I was amazed to see that
Culver also had brief appearances in the Minors through the 1980’s, with
two games in 1981 after not pitching pro-ball since 1975, one game in
1982 and another three appearances in 1985 at the age of 41, all in the
It was not pretty, as he got hammered each and every time with ERA’s of
13.50, 27.00 and 16.62 respectively, but I suspect he was making these
appearances while serving as a coach in the Philadelphia system, so it
was probably more gimmicky than anything else.