Carl Scheib

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Carl Alvin Scheib

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Biographical Information[edit]

A true baseball wunderkind, Carl Scheib was the youngest player in the history of the American League. He debuted with the Philadelphia Athletics on September 6, 1943, at the age of 16 years, 8 months, and 5 days. Perhaps equally amazing is that he logged 11 seasons before leaving the majors at the still young age of 27.

A pitcher by trade, it is noteworthy that Scheib was occasionally used as an extra outfielder and pinch hitter by the Athletics. Having batted the equivalent of a full season during his career, he racked up a very respectable .250 lifetime average - an enviable statistic for any pitcher.

Carl Scheib concluded his professional career at age 30 after compiling a sterling 23-11 record from 1955-1957, while toiling for minor-league teams in Portland and San Antonio.

After baseball, he ran a service station and sold car wash equipment.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Chuck Hildebrandt: "Sweet! 16-Year-Old Players in Major League History", Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Vol. 48, Nr. 1, Spring 2019, pp. 5-17.

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