Bob Purkey


February 20, 2013 by Elizabeth Metz


Right-handed pitcher, 1958-1964. Inducted 1974.

Knuckleball pitcher who also threw a strong curveball, slider, changeup, sinker, and a fastball with movement. His acquisition from the Pirates helped turn the hard-hitting but poor pitching Reds of the 1950s into the team that would ultimately win the 1961 pennant.  Selected as an All-Star for two seasons while a Red.  Went 23-5  in 1962, a year in which he also led the league in pitcher WAR.

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  1. […] in the 1961 World Series that the Reds won, a complete game four-hitter. In 1962, he and teammate Bob Purkey both garnered at least 20 wins, the first Reds teammates to achieve this feat since Paul Derringer […]

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