Second Team, Pitcher, Herb Pennock
Herbert Jefferis Pennock (February 10, 1894 January 30, 1948) was a left-handed Major League Baseball pitcher best known for his time spent with the star-studded New York Yankee teams of the mid to late 1920s and early 1930s. Pennock won two World Series championships with the Red Sox and then four World Series championships with the Yankees. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1948.
Born in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Pennock went straight from high school to the major leagues by joining the Philadelphia Athletics in 1912. In 1914, Pennock showed promise, going 11-4 with a 2.79 ERA in just 151 2/3 innings pitched for the World Series-bound Athletics (they lost to the Boston Braves), but he started poorly the following year and was sold to the Boston Red Sox by Philadelphia manager Connie Mack.
Pennock's break-out year came in 1919, a year after not seeing any major league action, when he went 16-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 219 innings pitched. It was the first time he topped 200 innings in a season, but that would be the trend over the decade. After a dismal 1922 campaign in which he went 10-17, Pennock was traded to the New York Yankees. In New York, he had some of his finest seasons. In 1924, he went 21-9 with a 2.83 ERA while striking out a career-high 101 batters. In 1926 he posted a career-high 23 wins.
In 1929, Pennock saw his pitching time and pitching quality diminish. Over the rest of his career, never posted more than 189 innings pitched and didn't see his ERA drop below 4.00. Pennock eventually bowed out of the game in 1934, after a season spent largely in relief for the Red Sox. He finished with 240 wins, 162 losses and a 3.60 ERA.
Pennock pitched in five World Series, one with Philadelphia and four with New York, amassed a 5-0 career postseason record with two Saves, and was a part of seven World Series championships (1913, 1915, 1916, 1923, 1927, 1928, and 1932). Pennock was in the service in 1918 and missed out on Boston's World Series victory.
After retiring, Pennock became a coach and farm system director of the Red Sox, then, from 194448, the general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. He died in 1948 at the age of 53 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage, just weeks before he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 1981, Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig included Pennock in their book The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time.
Earned run average 3.60
Philadelphia Athletics (1912-1915)
Boston Red Sox (1915-1922)
New York Yankees (1923-1933)
Boston Red Sox (1934)
Career highlights and awards
Led the AL in innings pitched in 1925 with 277.0
Led the AL in shutouts in 1928 with 5
Was part of AL pennant-winning teams in 1913 and 1926
World Series titles in 1913, 1915, 1916, 1923, 1927, 1928 and 1932
HOF, 1948, BBWAA 77.69% 8th Ballot