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George Culver recognized by Bakersfield community

 

George Culver (courtesy of Cal State U Bakersfield)

When you look at the major league pitching career of righthander George Culver, there’s nothing that really stands out, other than a no-hitter.

He was 48-49 with a 3.62 ERA with 451 strikeouts.

Culver was selected by the New York Yankees in 1963 and made his pro debut for the Cleveland Indians on September 7, 1966. He enjoyed a nine-year career pitching for the Indians, Reds, Cardinals, Astros, Dodgers and Phillies. He spent 1975 with the Nippon Ham Fighters in the Japanese League.

Despite an up-and-down career, the Bakersfield, California community honored Culver for his years of service at the California State University-Bakersfield and with the minor league teams.

Culver, one-time manager of the Bakersfield Outlaws, served as a roving pitching coach within the Dodgers organization in 2010, his final season as an active coach in pro baseball.

Culver became a Cincinnati Red following the 1967 season, when Cleveland traded him in exchange for outfielder Tommy Harper. In 1968, he pitched a no-hitter against the Phillies on July 29.

After his playing career ended in 1975, Culver spent time as a minor league manager, including time as a manger of the Outlaws in 1978. He spent the next 31 years serving the Bakersfield community as an advocate for baseball, helping in fundraising for various programs and organizations.

 

Info courtesy of California State University Bakersfield, Bakersfield Blaze & minor league news

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