Bats: Right • Throws: Right
6-0, 195lb (183cm, 88kg)
Born: February 10, 1917 in Bethany, OK us
Died: December 26, 1994 (Aged 77-319d) in Oklahoma City, OK
Buried: Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, OK
High School: Capitol Hill HS (Oklahoma City, OK)
School: Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK)
Debut: September 17, 1942 (Age 25-219d, 7,392nd in MLB history)
vs. WSH 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 SO, 4 BB, 0 ER
Last Game: September 25, 1954 (Age 37-227d)
vs. PHA 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 SO, 2 BB, 1 ER, W
Full Name: Allie Pierce Reynolds
Allie Reynolds Baseball Reference Page
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Reynolds was primarily a hard-throwing starter, but Yankee manager Casey Stengel often used him from the bullpen as well. In six WS relief appearances, Reynolds recorded either a win or a save each outing, including the WS finales in 1950, 1952, and 1953. As a starter, Reynolds beat the Dodgers 1-0 on a two-hitter in the 1949 WS.
Reynolds came to the Yankees in an October 1946 trade that sent Joe Gordon to the Indians, and led the AL in winning percentage in his first season in New York. He won 16 games in 1950 despite bone chips in his pitching elbow. In 1951 Reynolds became the first AL pitcher to hurl two no-hitters in one season, winning 1-0 against Cleveland July 12 and then 8-0 against Boston September 28. In the second game, Reynolds had to get Ted Williams for the final out twice because Yogi Berra dropped his easy foul pop.
Reynolds won the Hickock Belt in 1951 as the top professional athlete of the year, and in 1952 he was second in the AL MVP voting, recording 20 wins and six saves, and leading the AL in both ERA (2.06) and shutouts (6). Reynolds’s one-quarter Creek Indian ancestry gave rise to his nickname, Superchief.
Notable Events and Chronology for Allie Reynolds Career
At Fenway Park, Commissioner Happy Chandler gives Ted Williams his American League MVP Award, and then Governor Paul Dever tosses out the first ball. To the delight of 31,822 fans, Boston rips New York Yankees starter Allie Reynolds with a five-run 4th inning to drive him from the game and take a 9 – 0 lead. But the Yankees score four runs in the 6th off Mel Parnell and then, down 10 – 4, unload for nine runs in the 8th. Billy Martin becomes the first player in major league history to get two base hits in one inning in his first game. He doubles against Parnell in his first at-bat in the 8th inning, and then singles off Al Papai. Walt Masterson gives up Tommy Henrich’s second triple of the game before giving way to four more Boston pitchers. Boo Ferriss, pitching in his last game, allows the last two runs in the 9th inning as the Yankees chalk up a 15 – 10 victory, the biggest blown lead the Red Sox have ever had at Fenway Park; on June 4, 1989, they’ll blow a 10-run lead at home. Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Vern Stephens, and Bobby Doerreach have three hits. Don Johnson is the winning pitcher, his last victory for New York, with Joe Page pitching a perfect 8th and 9th innings in relief.
George Shuba, best known as the Montreal Royal teammate who shook Jackie Robinson’s hand after the rookie had homered, becomes the third major leaguer and the first National League player to pinch hit a home run in the World Series when he goes deep off Allie Reynolds in the Dodgers’ 9-5 Game 1 loss at Yankee Stadium. ‘Shotgun’ joins Yogi Berra (1947) and Johnny Mize (1952), who both accomplished the feat playing for the Bronx Bombers.