Ryne Duren

Positions:
Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 74 Weight: 190
Born: Friday, February 22, 1929 in Cazenovia, WI USA
Died: 1 6 2011 in Lake Wales, FL USA
Debut: 9/25/1954
Last Game: 8/18/1965
Full Name: Rinold George Duren

 

Relief pitcher Ryne Duren was born on this day in 1929 (2/22/29). He was known for his “coke-bottle” glasses and as one of the most intimidating pitchers of his era, due to his great fastball and occasional wildness. He was an All-Star in 3 seasons, was a member of the 1958 World Series champion New York Yankees, and led the AL in saves (with 19) in 1958 when he was runner-up to the AL Rookie of the Year. In his 10-year career (1954, 1957-1965), Duren had 55 saves, 630 strikeouts in 589 IP, & 3.83 ERA. Ryne passed away in 2011 at the age of 81.