Clarence Mitchell, Brooklyn Dodgers, Phillies, Cardinals Pitcher - the well-traveled veteran was a starter and reliever and was the last National League player to legally throw the spitball. After pitching just five games with Detroit in 1911, Mitchell was out of the major leagues until Cincinnati signed him in 1916, and he ended that year with a 11-10 record, 3.14 ERA in 194 2/3 innings.
The left-handed knuckleballer was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in February of 1918. He registered a 5-2, 3 .09 ERA In 19 games in 1920 games to helped Brooklyn win the NL pennant. In the 1920 World Series, Clarence Mitchell pitched 4 2/3 innings in one relief game without surrendering an earned run. In 1921, he posted an 11-9 W/L record 2.89 ERA in 190 innings.
Although he had limited success with the second division Phillies from 1923-27, he completed 9-of-18 starts, going 8-9, 3.53 ERA for the pennant winning Cardinals in 1928. In the 1928 World Series he pitched 5 2/3 innings in relief, allowing just a single run.
A good-hitting pitcher, Mitchell hit .252 lifetime, 41 doubles, 10 triples, 7 homers, 133 RBIs in 1287 at-bats.
Clarence Mitchell, Cincinnati Reds 1916 Rookie Photo from Chicago Daily News Photo/Negative Collection