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Ned Garver

Date and Place of Birth: December 25, 1925 Ney, OH

Baseball Experience: Major League
Position:
Pitcher

Rank:

Military Unit: Navy

Area Served: United States

 

At the age of 17, Ned F. Garver graduated from high school in 1943 and entered military service with the Navy in October of that year. He was discharged in the spring of 1944, due to flat feet and went on to have a sensational rookie season in professional baseball, winning 21 games for the Newark, Ohio, Moundsmen. He made his major league debut with the Browns in April 1948, and is one of a select few pitchers to win 20 games with a last-place team (20-12 for the 1951 Browns). Garver pitched in the major leagues for 14 seasons, spanning three decades and winning 129 games. After his playing days, Garver returned to his home in Ney, Ohio, where he farmed and worked for a local meat packing company for 18 years, retiring in 1980.

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