Thursday, May 6, 2004

Moe Burtschy, pitched for A's in Philly, KC

WW II vet was modest, kind

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

DELHI TOWNSHIP - Edward F. "Moe" Burtschy played one full season and parts of four others in Major League Baseball.

His baseball card - No. 120 of the Bowman 1955 series, attests to that one full season - 1954, when he went 5-4 as a relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics with a 3.80 ERA, closing 30 games and appearing in 46.

Mr. Burtschy - who ended his stint in the majors in 1956 with the Athletics - by then relocated to Kansas City - died Sunday of heart failure at Mercy Franciscan Hospital Western Hills. The Delhi Township resident was 82.

"He was real modest about it, but he pitched against Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams and all the great players of the 1950s," said his son Michael of Independence. "We are real proud of him."

At 6-foot-3 and 208 pounds, the right-handed Mr. Burtschy was a decent pitcher but a slow runner. His teammates dubbed him "Molasses Shoe," or "Moe" for short.

Born in Cincinnati in 1922, Mr. Burtschy grew up in South Cumminsville and St. Bernard. He was a 1940 graduate of Roger Bacon High School, where he played baseball, football and basketball. His alma mater inducted him into its sports hall of fame in 1997.

After graduation, he signed with a minor league team affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. But when the draft was instituted in September 1940, he enlisted in the Navy. He served for 37 months aboard the USS Ticonderoga, an aircraft carrier in the Pacific, during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he resumed playing baseball in the minors.

He began his big-league career with Philadelphia on June 17, 1950, when he was 28. In his career, he appeared in 90 Major League games.

Mr. Burtschy's career winning percentage was .625, with 10 wins, six losses and an earned run average of 4.71. He played a few more years in the minors before retiring.

He worked as a freight salesman in the trucking industry for several companies over the years.

Mr. Burtschy was a "kind-hearted man," his son said. "He would give you his last dollar if you needed it."

In addition to his son Michael, survivors include his wife of 40 years, Jackie Heffernan Burtschy; two daughters, Kathy McNally of Colerain Township and Mary Beth Burtschy of Delhi Township; two other sons, Chris Burtschy of Price Hill and Timothy Burtschy of Delhi Township; a sister, Margaret Burtschy of Delhi Township; and 11 grandchildren.

Services have been held. Burial was at St. Joseph Old Cemetery in Price Hill.


Teens' Nerf guns raise ruckus
Grad launched Dart Wars rules
Downtown to get $50 million boost
Bush pauses to comfort teen
Student undercount has state scrambling for funds

Educators can feed violence problem in schools, expert says
Breast cancer united these neighbors
Ex-cop may be rehired
Cicada questions bugging you? Here's some help
Sports car provides inspiration for class
City's Clean Air Act targets polluters
4th dog joining hunt for woman's remains
Deerfield Twp. meeting sizzles in acrimony
Plan to build Y questioned
Con man's crimes also taint Deters
Soldier says thanks for mail
2 Nigerian men charged with stealing identities
Inside of 2 Lexington Manor homes to be tested for lead
Schools make plea for money
Dixie, Holy Cross scholars win grants
Senate passes lawsuit limits, but House will not be rushed
Lawsuit fights gay-marriage petition drive
Fitton Center, Butler schools team on arts
Science team just short of finals
Neighbors briefs
News briefs

Crowley: Mongiardo's errors not Rx for success
Bronson: Shots-and-beer defense shot down by judge

Moe Burtschy, pitched for A's in Philly, KC

Lobbyists spent less on 2004 General Assembly
Teens held for theft, chase
Boone spurns 128-house Buffalo Trace subdivision
Retail-office center awaits vote
Seven more out of diocese abuse suit
Campbell High's antics have a serious purpose
Restaurant that trains disabled needs a hand
3-year-old wanders several blocks