Date and Place of Birth: September 15, 1907 Quincy, Illinois
December 17, 1957 Quincy, Illinois
Baseball Experience: Major League
Military Unit: US Army
Area Served: United States
Frederick R “Fritz”
Ostermueller was born on September 15, 1907 in
Ostermueller spent the
next two seasons with .
He made his major league debut with the Red Sox on April 21, 1934 and finished the season with a 10-13 record and 3.49 ERA. Ostermueller remained with the Red Sox through 1940, enjoying a further three double-figure win seasons. He was purchased by the Browns in December 1940 and remained with that club until he was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in July 1943.
Ostermueller was used
sparingly by the Dodgers and was assigned to
The 36-year-old enjoyed
a new lease of life with the Pirates. He was 11-7 with a 2.73
ERA for the remainder of the season. Then, on May 10, 1945,
Ostermueller was inducted into the Army at
Ostermueller rejoined the Pirates that season and finished the year with a 5-4 record. He was 13-10 in 1946, 12-10 in 1947 and – at the age of 40 – was 8-11 in 1948, his last year in the majors.
After his retirement,
Ostermueller operated the Diamond Motel in
Thanks to John Green for help with this biography.
Created July 2, 2008.
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