Emil Benedict Kush (November 4, 1916 – November 26, 1969) was an American professional baseball player, a right-handed pitcher who worked in 150 Major League games for the Chicago Cubs for six seasons (1941–1942; 1946–1949). The native of Chicago, Illinois, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg). He missed three seasons (1943–1945) while serving in the United States Navy during World War II.
Kush enjoyed two banner back-to-back seasons in 1946–1947, appearing in 87 games and 220⅔ innings pitched, winning 17 of a total of 22 decisions, collecting both of his career complete games and seven of his 12 saves. He posted a cumulative earned run average of 3.18 during those two years.
All told, Kush allowed 324 hits and 158 bases on balls in 346⅓ MLB innings, with 150 strikeouts.
By Dean Hanley
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