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Billy Rohr

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William Joseph Rohr (born July 1 1945 San Diego, California) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played in the American League for the Boston Red Sox (1967) and Cleveland Indians (1968). Listed at 6' 3", 170 lb., he batted and threw left-handed.

As a 21-year-old rookie, Rohr made his first start on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium on April 14, 1967 (Note: was not the Opening Day of the season, as the Yankees opened the season April 10 at Washington). The slim left-hander faced future Hall of Famer Whitey Ford, and was one strike away from a no-hitter when Elston Howard hit a soft single into right-center field. Rohr proceeded to retire the next batter for a 3–0 shutout. In his next start, he beat the Yankees again, 6–1, but only won one more game in the majors after that.

In a two-season career, Rohr posted a 3-3 record with a 5.64 ERA in 27 appearances, including eight starts. two complete games, one shutout, 21 strikeouts, 32 walks, and 60 ⅔ innings of work.

Before the 1970 season Rohr was traded by the Indians to the Detroit Tigers organization. He pitched for the Toledo Mud Hens from 1970 to 1971.

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