Tony Welzer

Tony Welzer

Anton Frank Welzer (April 5, 1899 - March 18, 1971) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from through for the Boston Red Sox. Listed at 5' 11", 160 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.

When he entered in the majors, Welzer became the first baseball player born in Germany to appear in an American League game, as a member of the hapless Red Sox teams that lost 107 games in 1926 and 103 in 1927. His 4-3 mark in his rookie season represented the only winning record in the Boston pitching staff. A year later he went 6-11, ending third behind Slim Harriss (14-21) and Hal Wiltze (10-18), as nobody on the team had a winning record.

In a two-season career, Welzer posted a 10-14 record with 85 strikeouts and a 4.78 ERA in 76 appearances, including 25 starts, nine complete games, one shutout, and 310⅔ innings of work.

Welzer died at the age of 71 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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