The Great Lefty Gomez

Hey baseball fans! Matt Nadel of Baseball with Matt here with some more on the history of America’s pastime. I’m sure you know of the great Yankee hitting teams of the ’30s, with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Earle Combs, and so many more hitters. Well, the Yankees of that time were also a pretty good pitching team, with Red Ruffing and the person you are about to read about.

Vernon “Lefty” Gomez destroyed the batters he faced with one of the best curveballs baseball has ever seen from 1930-1943 with the Yankees and Washington Senators. He was a 20-game winner four times during the 1930s and with the help of other pitching ace Red Ruffing, the Yankees won six World Series. Gomez twice won the pitching Triple Crown (in 1934 and 1937) and compiled 189 wins and only 102 losses during his 14 year career along with a 3.34 ERA. He set a World Series record by winning six straight games without a loss and was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1972.

As you can see, without the efforts of Lefty, the Yankees would have less World Series rings than they currently do. So, my hat is off to you, Vernon. Anyway, thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of “all the buzz on what wuzz.”

 

Topics: Lefty Gomez, New York Yankees

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