John "Jack" KramerBaseball Player, 1936-59
Major League Baseball

Inducted: 1980

  • Had a 16-year professional baseball career, playing for four Major League teams between 1939 and 1951, with a three-year hiatus as he served in the Navy during World War II.
  • In 1944, finished with a 17-13 record and a 2.49 ERA as he was a key to the St. Louis Browns making the World Series. 
  • Pitched 11 innings in the 1944 World Series, including a complete-game, 10-strikeout victory in game three against the St. Louis Cardinals - the last postseason win in history for the Browns.
  • From 1945 to 1947, he averaged 11 wins per season and made the American League All-Star team three times.
  • In the 1946 All-Star Game, he tossed three no-hit, shutout innings to earn a save.
  • In 1948, he went 18-5 for the Boston Red Sox, including a 12-game winning streak and five victories over the New York Yankees. His .783 winning percentage led the American League.
  • For his career, he went 95-103 with 613 strikeouts and a 4.24 ERA in 322 appearances.
  • He was born Jan. 5, 1918 and died in Metairie, La., on May 18, 1995 at age 77.