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Player: Simmons, Pat


Position: RHP

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Patrick Clement Simmons [born: Patrick Clement Simoni] (b. November 29, 1908 in Watervliet, NY – d. July 3, 1968 in Albany, NY) was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Boston Red Sox during the 1928 and 1929 seasons.

His surname was Anglicized from Simoni to Simmons. Unlike his contemporary namesake Al Simmons, who had been born as Aloys Szymanski, Pat Simmons was of Italian ancestry and had been born as Patrick Clement Simoni. Joseph, his father, was a moulder who had arrived in the United States in 1898. His mother Anna was a New York native, but born to two Italian parents.

He was used heavily by the Boston Red Sox as a reliever when he was 19 years old in 1928. Appearing in 31 games, he finished more games (19) than any other Red Sox pitcher. He was the third-youngest player in the league that year; Mel Harder was the youngest.

In 1929, the Boston Herald questioned his drive and motivation writing that he “may be seen in relief roles, unless something happens to fan his ambition” and in 1930, noting that he took on “superfluous weight” very easily, added that he “certainly has a chance to become a regular if he will only bestir himself a mite. There is no pitcher on the staff who has more stuff. He has a fast one that whistles as it passes by and his curve makes the most of them say zu zu to the grocery man.”

Simmons went to spring training with the Red Sox in 1930. There was some disagreement with new Red Sox manager Heinie Wagner and Simmons was sent home in early April. They “did not get along well together,” wrote the Springfield Republican. The Red Sox released him to Pittsfield on April 9. He played for Montreal in the minors in 1931.

Overall, in a two-season MLB career,Pat posted a 0–2 record with 18 strikeouts and a 3.67 ERA in 33 appearances, including three starts, 75 hits allowed, two saves, and 76.0 innings of work.

Pat made a post-baseball career as a commercial artist as the owner of Simmons Signs and Simmons Store Fixtures and Neon, Inc. His work was wide ranging: interior design for organizations, clubs, and restaurants; designing bars, counter, showcases, and store fixtures; as well as making signs and painting murals. He died at the age of 59 in Albany, New York.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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