Ray Culp

Ray Culp

Ray Culp
Born: (1941-08-06) August 6, 1941
Elgin, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 10, 1963, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 3, 1973, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 122–101
Earned run average 3.58
Strikeouts 1,411
Career highlights and awards

Raymond Leonard Culp (born August 6, 1941 in Elgin, Texas) is a retired baseball pitcher who pitched for Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies (1963–66), Chicago Cubs (1967), and Boston Red Sox (1968–73).

His first year was an impressive one. Culp had a 14–11 record for the Phillies and was eighth in the National League in strikeouts, although his control was somewhat shaky, leading the league in walks.

As a rookie he pitched a scoreless inning in the 1963 All-Star Game, retiring Al Kaline, Frank Malzone and Carl Yastrzemski in the fifth inning of a 5–3 victory.

Culp returned to the All-Star game in 1969, pitching a perfect ninth inning for the American League. He retired Pete Rose on a foul pop fly and struck out Randy Hundley and Tony Perez.

He strung together four steady seasons for the Red Sox from 1968–71, winning between 14 and 17 games in each. None of his teams during Culp's career appeared in a postseason game.

In 11 seasons he had a 122–101 win-loss record, 322 games, 268 games started, 80 complete games, 22 shutouts, 21 games finished, 1 save, 1,89813 innings pitched, 1,677 hits allowed, 863 runs allowed, 755 earned runs allowed, 188 home runs allowed, 752 walks allowed, 1,411 strikeouts, 70 hit batsmen, 73 wild pitches, 8,066 batters faced, 58 intentional walks, 3 balks and a 3.58 ERA.

Accomplishments and statistics

  • Selected by The Sporting News as National League Rookie Pitcher of the Year, 1963[1]
  • Named to the 1963 National League All-Star Team and the 1969 American League All-Star Team
  • Led the National League in hit batsmen (12, 1965) the American League (11, 1970)
  • Led the National League in walks allowed (102) (1963)
  • Ranks 99th on the MLB career hits allowed per nine innings pitched list (7.95)
  • Ranks 95th on the MLB career strikeouts per nine innings pitched list (6.69)


  1. ^ "Rookie Pitcher of the Year Award". baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)