Roy Sanders (sandero02)
Roy Lee Sanders (Simon)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.
- Debut August 6, 1918
- Final Game May 31, 1920
- Born June 10, 1894 in Missouri USA
- Died July 8, 1963 in Louisville, KY USA
Right-hander Roy Sanders started his sixteen year professional baseball career in 1914 with the Omaha Rourkes of the class A Western League. The twenty year old would end up his first season with a 5-1 record and a 1.08 ERA. Roy then proceeded to have losing records in the next two seasons and then with the 1917 Joplin Miners he threw an 18-12 number at the same Western League while pitching 327 innings in 45 games.
Sanders opened up the 1918 year with the Toledo Iron Men of the American Association, fell to a 4-13 record and was picked up by the American League New York Yankees on August 6, 1918, went directly to the mound and would wind up the '18 year going 0-2 with a 4.21 ERA in his first try at getting major league hitters out. Roy was back with the now, Toledo Mud Hens for the 1919 season, and had a 12-19 year with a 2.97 ERA for the seventh place club. He was then selected off waivers by the St. Louis Browns from the New York Yankees on December 24, 1919.
The right-hander started the 1920 season with the Browns and went 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA before an injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. This ended his tour in the major leagues with a 1-3 record and a 4.60 ERA while pitching 43 innings. Roy returned to the minors for the 1921 season and had his career best 18-11 season with a 4.98 ERA for the Louisville Colonels of the American Association. Sanders would spend the next seven seasons in the American Association, from (1922-1924} with the Columbus Senators and in (1925-1928) with the Milwaukee Brewers. During this run Roy had five years with double-diget wins, unfortunately, in four of them he lost more then he won.
Sanders would wind up his professional career with the Nashville Volunteers of the Southern Association with an 8-6 record in 1929 and 2-5 in 1930. The 36 year old pitcher would call it a career at the end of the '30 season and his 16 year minor league totals show Roy with a 163-189 record and a 3.76 ERA while appearing in 595 outings and pitching 3,084 innings.