An all-star in 1951, Garver accomplished a remarkable feat that year, winning 20 games for the St. Louis Browns, a team that won only 52 games the entire season. Garver had a solid career, winning 129 games for four teams from 1948-1961, but 1951 was his best season. He went 20-12 that year for the Browns, pitching 24 complete games and posting a 3.73 ERA. He only struck out 84 hitters in 246 innings. Remarkably, Garver finished second that year to New York Yankee Yogi Berra in the MVP vote. The Yankees won 98 games that season and eventually the World Series.
I wrote to Garver twice because I ended up with some other cards I wanted to get him to sign, but he only filled out the survey once. Both times he included some fantastic fact sheets in his return letter. This is the first one.
Here is the second.
Garver pitched for the Browns, Tigers, Kansas City A’s and the Los Angeles Angels. He won 10 or more games eight times for three different teams.
Garver died in Bryan, Ohio on February 26, 2017.
Ned Garver – career stats