Jim Proctor

There’s always an interesting story about the Tigers birthdays. Take, for example, Jim Proctor, who was born on this date in 1935.

He debuted at age 23 for the Tigers on Sept. 14, 1959 against the Senators in Washington, pitching in relief of starter Ray Narleski. In the bottom of the sixth, he allowed one run on three hits — also, he allowed a sac bunt by future Tigers bench coach Billy Consolo and a walk to Harmon Killebrew.

In the seventh, he gave up a leadoff triple to Julio Becquer before retiring the next three men in order.

Proctor’s next appearance was on Sept. 26 at Briggs Stadium against the White Sox and Hall of Famer Early Wynn. It would Proctor’s first and last career start and the second and final big-league appearance as well. He wouldn’t escape the first inning, allowing four runs, all earned, on four hits and two walks. The final hitter the right hander faced was the eighth man to bat in the inning, Sox left fielder Johnny Callison.

One interesting side note from this game: Norm Cash replaced first baseman Ted Kluszewski in the bottom of the second, batting cleanup. He went 0 for 1 with a flyout and a walk.

As for Proctor, his major league career came to a close less than two weeks after it began. His career line:

W L ERA G IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
0 1 16.88 2 2.2 8 5 5 0 3 0 4.125
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Generated 9/9/2013