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Monte Pearson

Sometimes there’s no explanation. Maybe it’s just a matter of being overshadowed. When you look back at the career of Monte Pearson and his performances in the World Series, being overshadowed is the only logical explanation. After all, how else can you explain how a guy who went 63-27 over five years for the New York Yankees, pitched in four  World Series (one game each in 1936, 37, 38 and 39) games and went 4-0 with a 1.01 ERA, threw three complete games (including a 2-hit shutout over the Cincinnati Reds in 1939, and in the game he didn’t complete he threw 8 2/3 innings – is a virtual unknown? That’s the story of Monte Pearson. He came up with the Cleveland Indians, was a “throw-in” in a trade with the Yankees and finished his career with the Reds. On this episode of Sports’ Forgotten Heroes, Dan Schoenholz, who recently penned a bio for the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) bioproject about Pearson, joins me to talk about the World Series hero. Pitching on a staff that included Red Ruffing, Lefty Gomez and Spud Chandler, it’s easy to understand why Pearson might have been overlooked. But still, going 63-27 in a five-year span and 4-0 in the World Series with a 1.01 ERA is deserving of much more notoriety than Pearson has received. Perhaps, though, the reason he doesn’t get notoriety is because of the unfortunate incident that he faced long after his playing days were over. Checkout this edition of Sports’ Forgotten Heroes for more.

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