Ken Raffensberger

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Ken Raffensberger
Ken Raffensberger 1953.jpg
Raffensberger in about 1953
Born: (1917-08-08)August 8, 1917
York, Pennsylvania
Died: November 10, 2002(2002-11-10) (aged 85)
York, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 25, 1939, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
June 2, 1954, for the Cincinnati Redlegs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record119–154
Earned run average3.60
Career highlights and awards

Kenneth David Raffensberger (August 8, 1917 – November 10, 2002) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1939 through 1954, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1939), Chicago Cubs (1940–41), Philadelphia Phillies (1943–47), and Cincinnati Reds/Redlegs (1947–54). Raffensberger batted right-handed and threw left-handed. He was born in York, Pennsylvania.


In a 15-season career, Raffensberger posted a win-loss record of 119–154 with 806 strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA in 2151.2 innings pitched. His career winning percentage was .463, despite being an all-star and having an above average career ERA (3.60).

Raffensberger started his career as a fastball pitcher, particularly gaining success with his rising fastball. Towards the later end of his career, however, starting in the early 1940s, he developed a dependable forkball to complement his fastball, slow curve, and change. He had one of the widest ranges of deliveries in the majors, ranging from underhand to overhand and a variety of side arm and three-quarter deliveries in between.[1] Stan Musial said in 1964 of Raffensberger:

Raffy had nothing except slow stuff, and a forkball, but, with changing speeds and control, he made those pitches seem so fat when they weren't... I stubbornly tried to slug with him and didn't have much success."

Raffensberger died in York, Pennsylvania, at age 85.



  • I didn't go along with it... I never believed in throwing at a guy, Raffensberger said, after Phillies manager Ben Chapman had instructed his pitchers to throw the ball at Jackie Robinson when there was a 3–0 count.
  • St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial said on an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that Raffensberger was the toughest left-handed pitcher he had ever faced and dubbed him "Crafty Raffy."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. Bill James and Rob Neyer. 2004.


  • Baseball Almanac
  • Baseball Library
  • Baseball Spot at the Wayback Machine (archived January 16, 2005)
  • "Former Reds' pitcher dies at 85". The Cincinnati Post. November 11, 2002. Archived from the original on February 17, 2005.
  • The Deadball Era
  • Historic Baseball
  • York Wiki

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