Johnny Babich

John Charles Babich (May 14, 1913 – January 19, 2001) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched from 1934 to 1941 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Bees and Philadelphia Athletics.

Babich had his best season in 1940 with the Philadelphia Athletics when he went 14–13 with a 3.73 earned run average. The Athletics finished the year with a record of 54–100 and a team of ERA of 5.22.

1940 also saw Babich chalk up five victories against the New York Yankees. One of which took place on September 27 with New York riding an eight-game winning streak. The Yankees, going for their fifth consecutive American League pennant, finished two games out of first place.

Babich was of Croatian descent.

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