Primary Position: Starting pitcher
First, Middle Names: Jonathan Thompson Walton
Date of Birth: May 7, 1896 Date and Place of Death: Jan. 24, 1969, Burlington
Burial: Alamance Memorial Park, Burlington
High School: Undetermined
College: Guilford College, Greensboro
Bats: L Throws: L Height and Weight: 6-1, 187
Debut Year: 1918 Final Year: 1936 Years Played: 19
Teams and Years: Philadelphia Athletics, 1918; Washington Senators, 1919-25; St. Louis Browns, 1926-27; Senators, 1927-28; N.Y. Yankees, 1928-30; Boston Braves, 1930-34; Brooklyn Dodgers, 1934-36; Philadelphia Phillies, 1936
G W L Sv ERA IP SO WAR
533 186 191 23 3.73 3126.1 720 40.1
Awards and Honors: N.C. Sports Hall of Fame, 1966; Boys of Summer Top 100
Ninth on the list of the state’s Top 100 players, Tom Zachary as one of the best pitchers to come out of North Carolina. Only two pitchers from the state had longer major-league careers. Only four started more games. Only five won more. A crafty lefty known for his coolness under pressure, Zachary played in three World Series and won the three games that he started.
Few people, though, wanted to talk about any of that after Zachary retired to his farm in Alamance County. Everyone, however, wanted to know about the day he served up Babe Ruth’s 60th home run. “There’s probably been more talk about that pitch than any other one pitch in baseball,” Zachary pointed out more than three decades after that historic afternoon, “and it has made me somewhat of a baseball goat for years.”[I]
So, let’s get it out of the way.