Place of Birth:
November 17, 1923 in
Died: January 13, 1986 Fairfield Park, Ohio
Military Unit: US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations
Major League Stats: Mike Garcia on Baseball-Almanac
Edward M “Mike” Garcia was born on November 17,
The 6-foot-1 right-hander of Mexican-Indian
ancestry signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1942 and was assigned
Garcia’s career was put on hold when he entered
military service in 1943. He served in
He played for
In 1947 he spent spring training with the Indians
but was assigned to
After a handful of relief appearances at the start of 1949, Garcia joined the Indians’ starting rotation along with Bob Lemon, Early Wynn and Bob Feller. Nicknamed the “Big Bear” by his teammates, Garcia remained a Cleveland starter through 1957 and produced two 20-win seasons (1951 and 1952), was a three-time all-star and had probably his best season in 1954, when he was 19-8 with a 2.64 ERA as the Indians won a record 111 games.
In 1958, Garcia suffered a back injury when he slipped on a wet field during spring training. The injury was diagnosed as a slipped disc and effectively ended his career. He made just six appearances that year and pitched in 29 games – mainly in relief - the following year.
Garcia pitched in relief for the Chicago White Sox in 1960 and ended his playing career as a reliever for the Washington Senators in 1961.
After his baseball career ended, Garcia
concentrated on the dry cleaning business he had purchased in 1955
He passed away at his home in the
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