Phil Haugstad

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Philip Donald Haugstad

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Phil Haugstad was a minor league star who pitched several seasons in the majors. Signed originally in 1946, he went 15-13 that year for Grand Forks and 16-6 in 1947 for St. Paul, earning him his major league debut in September of that year.

He pitched six games for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, and posted a 2.84 ERA. The Dodgers won the National League pennant but lost the World Series to the New York Yankees.

Phil was back in the minors for most of 1948, going 12-8 for St. Paul. He pitched one inning for the Dodgers in 1948, giving up no runs. In 1949 he was 22-7 for St. Paul, but didn't pitch in the majors, and in 1950 he was 16-11 for St. Paul, again not pitching in the majors.

He spent all of 1951 in the majors with Brooklyn but was not particularly effective. He split 1952 between Toronto and the Cincinnati Reds. From 1953 to 1955, he was in the minors.

Haugstad had been a high school pitching star at Alma Center High School in Wisconsin, throwing three no-hitters. He served as an airplane mechanic for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. After his baseball days he owned a logging and pulping business in Wisconsin.

Both Phil Haugstad and Ernie Rudolph were born, and also died, in Black River Falls, WI. Both were National League pitchers in the 1940s, and both pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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