Ivy Andrews

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Ivy Andrews
File:Ivy Andrews.jpg
1933 Tattoo Orbit R305 baseball card
Born: May 6, 1907
Dora, Alabama
Died: November 24, 1970(1970-11-24) (aged 63)
Birmingham, Alabama
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 15, 1931, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1938, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 50–59
Earned run average 4.14
Strikeouts 257

Ivy Paul Andrews (May 6, 1907 – November 24, 1970) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1931 through 1938, he played for the New York Yankees (1931–1932, 1937–1938), Boston Red Sox (1932–1933), St. Louis Browns (1934–1936) and Cleveland Indians (1937). Andrews batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Dora, Alabama.

Nicknamed "Poison Ivy", Andrews was bothered by arm ailments much of his career. He spent eight seasons in the American League with the Yankees, Red Sox, Browns and Indians, being used as both a starter and long reliever. His most productive season came in 1935 for the seventh-place Browns, when he had a 13–7 record and a 3.54 ERA (eighth in the league). In a second stint for the Yankees, he pitched 5 23 innings of relief in Game Four of the 1937 World Series.

In 249 appearances (108 as a starter), Andrew posted a 50–59 record with 257 strikeouts and a 4.14 ERA in 1041 innings.

Andrews returned to Alabama in 1945 to become the Birmingham Barons' first pitching coach. He managed the team briefly during the 1947 season, and retired from baseball a year later. Andrews died in Birmingham, Alabama, at the age of 63. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

In the latter part of his career, Andrews added a knuckleball and screwball to a pitch repertoire that consisted of a "blazing fastball", a curveball and a changeup.[1]


  1. Bill James and Rob Neyer (2004). The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 120. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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