Tom Qualters’s Amazing 1954 Season for the Philadelphia Phillies

By Stephen D. Boren

This article was published in the 2013 The National Pastime.

Thomas Francis Qualters was a bonus baby whom the Philadelphia Phillies signed on June 16, 1953, for an estimated $40,000. He was a star pitcher at McKeesport, Pennsylvania and once struck out 21 batters in a seven-inning high school game and 24 in an eight-inning high school game, allowing only one hit in each contest.1 When he joined the Phillies, he felt that most of the players were pleasant to . . .

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