Walker pitched for eight years in the major leagues, compiling a 37-44 record with a 4.36 ERA along the way. Walker was part of the Baltimore Orioles “Kiddie Corps” pitching staff of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. He joined the Orioles straight out of high school, not throwing a single pitch in the minor leagues before making his major league debut in 1957. He appeared in just 13 games in ’57 and saw action in only six games in 1958. He seemed to have a breakout year in 1959, going 11-10 with a 2.92 ERA. He was selected to start one of the two All-Star Games that year for the American League. He pitched three innings in the game, beating Don Drysdale for the win. However the next year he went just 3-4 and was sent to the Kansas City A’s in 1961. Walker lost 14 games that season for Kansas City and by 1965 he had been sent to the minor leagues, never again to return to the majors. .
Following his playing career, Walker served as a minor-league manager as well as a major-league pitching coach. He was the general manager of the Detroit Tigers in 1993 and a vice president of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1995-2007. He served in a similar position for the Cincinnati Reds from 2009-2014.
Jerry Walker – career stats