Thursday, February 7, 2013

Custom Cards: George Estock 2007 SP Legendary Cuts

Custom 2007 SP Legendary Cuts: George Estock

Signed by the Scranton Red Sox in 1943, George Estock's time with the team was short. Very short. In what would be his only game with the team, Estock picked up a win, despite giving up 8 hits and 6 walks in 6 innings. He was released shortly thereafter, and returned to playing semi-pro ball.
Philadelphia signed the pitcher the following season and assigned him to the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Interstate League. His two seasons in Delaware were a success, as he finished with a combined record of 32-15. Nevertheless, George found himself moving on to the Pirates organization in 1946 before spending the next three seasons with the Austin Pioneers, an unaffiliated team in the Big State League. 

 Estock was eventually sold to the Boston Braves and sent to their AAA affiliate in Milwaukee, where he attracted the attention of the Braves front office after a successful 1950 minor league campaign. The Braves would purchase his contract and George would go on to spend the 1951 season in Boston, pitching in 36 games out of the bullpen.  His one and only major league start came on May 6th in the second game of a double header against the Pirates. While he pitched admirably that day, his opponent, Cliff Chambers, would pitch even better- tossing not only a 3-0 shutout, but a no-hitter.

George's sole season in the majors saw him go 0-1 with 3 saves and a 4.33 ERA. Boston would return Estock back to Milwaukee for the 1952 season, where again he would spend most of his time in the 'pen. After the franchise relocated to Milwaukee in '53, the team moved its AA team to Toledo- where George would spend the 1953 season. His final season in the Braves organization, 1954, would prove to be a busy one: nine games in Jacksonville in the Sally league, twelve games in Atlanta of the Southern League, and five more games back at AAA Toledo. 

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