May 2, 2015

1933 World Champion New York Giants Pitcher: Roy Parmalee (1929-1935)

Le Roy Earl Parmelee was born April 25, 1907 in Lambertville, Michigan . The six foot right hander, came up with the New York Giants in 1929 and got his first career win against the Brooklyn Dodgers, while pitching in only two games that year.

He saw limited action going 2-6 in 32 games over three seasons, until 1933 when he found himself in the World Champion Giants rotation under manager Bill Terry.

Parmelee went 13-8 with a 3.17 ERA, striking out 132 batters (5th in the NL) pitching in 218 innings. He did not pitch in the World Series due to strong performances by Carl Hubble & Hal Schumaker. Parmelee was a wild pitcher who had occasional control issues. He led the league in hit by pitches four times, wild pitches twice & walks once.

The Giants won 90 plus games the next two seasons but lost out to the St. Louis Gas House Gang Cardinals & Chicago Cubs respectively. 

Parmelee went 10-6 with a 3.42 ERA in 1934, fourth most wins on a staff of Carl Hubbell (21 wins) Hal Schumaker (23 wins) & Freddie Fitzsimmons (18 wins).

In 1935, his last year in New York Parmelee won a career high 14 games (14-10), leading the league with 97 walks. He pitched 226 innings posting a 4.22 ERA. He was traded to the Cardinals in 1936 and went 11-11, before moving on to the Cubs & Philadelphia A’s. He retired in 1942 after pitching three seasons in the minors.

In a ten seasons going 59-55 lifetime with a 4.27 ERA walking 531 batters, hitting 55 batters & throwing 53 wild pitches in 1120 innings pitched. He retired in Michigan and passed away in 1981 at age 74.

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