(Chicago Cubs, 1965-1966, 1969-1970)
Birthday: May 6
Ted Abernathy spent 4 of his 13 seasons as a relief pitcher with the Chicago Cubs. Abernathy was one of the early dedicated "closers" that was just becoming more common in the late 1960's. He led the league in Saves twice in his career, once with the Cubs with 31 in 1965, the other with 28 Saves in 1967 with the Reds. A durable pitcher, he led the league in Games played
(as a pitcher) in 1965, 1967 and 1968.
Remember the days of the Sporting News Fireman of the Year Award? The award was renamed and than discontinued after the 2011 season. Ted Abernathy won this award with the Cubs in 1965