A fastball pitcher noted for his control, Cliff Chambers broke into the majors with the Cubs in 1948 and although he posted a nice 4.43 earned run average in 29 games, finished his rookie year with a disappointing 2-9 w/l record for a Cubs team that ended in last place in the entire 8-team national League with a 64-90 record.
Prior to the next season in December 1948 he was traded to Pittsburgh along with catcher Clyde McCullough for pitcher Cal McLish and infielder Frank Gustine. Cliff Chambers rose to the occasion and under Pirates manager Bill Meyer and posted a team leading 13 victories for a Bucs’ team which ended in sixth place with a 71-83 record. For the 1949 season Lefty Chambers had a solid 13-7 record,
sixth best in the NL, with a career-best 3.96 ERA, completed 10-of-21 starts plus 12 relief appearances and walked just 58 batters, in 177.1 innings with 93 strike outs.
In 1950 the big 6 ft 3inches, 208 pound Cliff Chambers completed 11-of-33 starts, worked a career-high 249.1 innings and had a 12-15 record for a Pittsburgh team in last place with a lousy 57-96 record. Baseball History