Joseph Gordon Dobson
Gordon Dobson was born in Durant, Oklahoma, on Jan 20, 1917 to the parents of
William Chambers and Lura Eliza Dobson. Joe was the youngest of 14 children. At the age of
nine, he lost his thumb and left forefinger playing with a dynamite cap.
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Joe Dobson's Baseball Career
Joe Dobson - Pitcher Right-handed - 6ft, 2inch, 185lbs - An outstanding pitcher with pinpoint control, Dobson used his sharp-breaking curve ball to mystify AL hitters. He was one of the top pitchers of his day. He posted a sparkling 137-103 lifetime W/L record, hurled 22 career shutouts and pitched in over 2,000 innings.
Joe began his major league career in 1939 mainly as a relief pitcher with the Cleveland Indians. He was traded to Boston in 1941 and joined the starting rotation.
Armed with a sharp-breaking curve ball Dobson went a compelling 12-5 in
'41, completing 7-of-18 starts, and pitched 134 1/3 innings in 27 games. In '42 he had a
11-9 record and a
At age 26, Joe spent the entire 1944 & 1945 seasons in the Military
serving our country during World War II. Dobson returned to the Red Sox in 1946 and helped
the team win the pennant by going 13-7, 3.24 ERA in 32 games, completing 9-of-24 starts
with one shutout.
The crafty, 6'2", 185-pounder curve ball specialist had a career best 18 wins in 1947, going 18-8 with a nice 2.95 ERA and scattered just 203 hits in 228 2/3 innings, striking out 110 batters while walking 73 and completed a career-best 15-of-31 starts, one shutout and picked up one save in two relief appearances. His resounding 18-8 record in 31 starts was the second highest winning percentage in the AL, .692 pct, trailing only Yankee ace Allie Reynolds.
From 1948-1950, Joe Dobson went 16-10, 14-12, and 15-10 and was then traded to the Chicago White Sox 1951
The control pitcher was 7-6 for the White Sox in '51 and helped the team with a fine 14-10, 2.51 ERA in '52, fanning 101 batters while issuing only 60 walks, and allowing just 164 hits in 200 2/3 innings, pitched three shutouts and completed 11-of-25 starts. He pitched 100 1/3 innings for the ChicSox in '53 and was 5-5 W/L.
Joe Dobson career: 137-103 record, 3.62 ERA, 414G, 273GS, 112GC, 22 Shutouts, 18 Saves, 2048 Hits in 2,170 IP, 992Ks,
851 Walks and a fine .250 opponents batting
Joe Dobson was one of baseballs' winningest pitchers during the 1940's and seemed to win the big games with his fine pin-point control. The well-liked Dobson was a model of endurance in his long 14-year major league career. He started over 20 games for nine straight seasons and worked over 200 innings in five different seasons, 1947-1950, 1952 while putting together his career 137-103 W/L.
From Ted William's Book "My Turn at Bat"
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