Charlie Fuchs

Charles Thomas Fuchs (November 18, 1912 – June 10, 1969) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers (1942), Philadelphia Phillies (1943), St. Louis Browns (1943), and Brooklyn Dodgers (1944). The 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m), 168 lb. left-hander was a native of Union Hill, New Jersey.

Fuchs is one of many ballplayers who only appeared in the major leagues during World War II. He made his major league debut in relief on April 17, 1942 against the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman's Park. His first major league win came just two days later. He started the second game of a doubleheader against the same St. Louis Browns and pitched a 1–0 complete game shutout.

In three seasons Fuchs appeared in a total of 47 games and had a 6–10 record, 13 starts, 5 complete games, 2 shutouts, 13 games finished, and 1 save. He allowed 90 earned runs in 165.2 innings pitched for a final ERA of 4.89. He was not a good hitter ( .070 batting average), but he was a competent fielder, handling 50 of 52 total chances successfully for a fielding percentage of .962.

He died at the age of 56 in Weehawken, New Jersey.

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