Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Bios – Danny McDevitt (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1956)

Danny McDevitt was the 161st player to make his Major League debut from our list of 387 Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have played in Cedar Rapids either before or after their MLB debut. McDevitt made his big league debut at age 27 on June 17, 1957, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He posted a 7-4 record with a 3.25 E.R.A. during his rookie season. The Dodgers finished in third place with a 84-70 record under manager Walter Alston during their final season in Brooklyn. McDevitt will always be remembered for his performance on the mound during that last home game in Brooklyn at Ebbets Field, where he struck out nine Pirates and allowed just five hits in a complete-game, 2-0, Dodgers victory on Sept. 24, 1957.

Danny McDevitt posted a 21-27 record with a 4.40 ERA during his six year MLB career playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Athletics. McDevitt was the first player in Cedar Rapids history to play for the Minnesota Twins. He posted a 1-0 record with a 2.36 E.R.A. in 16 games mainly working out of the Twins bullpen in 1961 as the Twins finished in seventh place with a 70-90 record under the guidance of managers Cookie Lavagetto (23-36) and Sam Mele (47-54)

Danny McDevitt played for the 1956 Cedar Rapids Raiders squad that finished 44-76 under manager George Scherger. McDevitt went 5-8 with a 3.52 ERA in 120 innings of work.

Danny McDevitt passed away on November 20, 2010 at age 78 in Covington, Georgia.

 

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