Ted Abernathy, Pitcher RH, Wash Senators 6'4" 205lbs - the well-traveled baseball player was one of the top relievers in the majors during a career that spanned 18-seasons (1955-1972)... throws sidearm, loves to pitch - a real gamer... Averaged close to 7 strikeouts per/9 innings in career. Abernathy broke into the big-leagues as a starter and reliever... in rookie year of 1955, was 5-9, 5.96 ERA for the last place Washington Senators, started 14 games, completed 3 and tossed 2 shutouts, 119 innings in 40 games.
After bouncing back-and-forth in D.C. and the minors he was signed by Cleveland, and in his first year (1963) with the Indians he became the team's bullpen ace -went 7-2, 2.88 ERA, 12 saves, and struck out 47 in just 59 1/3 innings of relief. Abernathy was sold to the Cubs in 1965 and led the majors with 84 appearances, 4-6 W/L, collected 34 saves, 104 Ks in 136 innings, 4.55 ERA... traded to Atlanta in mid-'66 and then signed by Cincinnati in December of '66... where he led the league in appearances in both 1967 and 1968 (70 and 78 G)... in '67, the tall, lanky hurler was 6-3, 28 saves in 106.3 innings and led all major league relievers with a mere 1.27 ERA. baseballhistorian.com