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Ivy Paul Andrews (May 6, 1907 (Dora, Alabama) - November 24, 1970) was a right handed pitcher. From 1931 through 1938, he played for the New York Yankees (1931-1932, 1937-1938), Boston Red Sox (1932-1933), St. Louis Browns (1934-1936) and Cleveland Indians (1937).

Nicknamed "Poison Ivy", Andrews was bothered by arm ailment much of his career. He spent his eight seasons in the American League, being used as both a starter and long reliever. His most productive season came in 1935 for the seventh-place Browns, when he had a 13-7 record and a 3.54 ERA (eighth in the league). In a second stint for the Yankees, he pitched 5.2 innings of relief in Game Four of the 1937 World Series in relief of Bump Hadley, who was knocked out in the second inning of a 7-3 loss.

In 249 appearances (108 as a starter), Andrews posted a 50-59 record with 257 strikeouts and a 4.14 ERA in 1041 innings.

He came up with the Yankees in 1931 and on June 5th, 1932, he was traded from the Yankees along with RHP Hank Johnson and $50,000 to the Boston Red Sox for RHP Danny MacFayden. The Yankees re-acquired him on August 14th, 1937, purchasing him from the Cleveland Indians for $7,500. He hung around for the 1938 season and retired.

Andrews returned to Alabama in 1945 to become the Birmingham Barons first pitching coach. He managed the team briefly during the 1947 season, and retired from baseball a year later. Andrews died in Birmingham, Alabama, at the age of 63. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

Quotes

"He (Ivy Andrews) is a strictly overhand pitcher whose fine winning record has been compiled by judicious use of a blazing fast ball, a good curve and a fair change of pace. They have proved to be all the assortment he needs." - Baseball Magazine (June 1933, Clifford Bloodgood)


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