Austin Aloysius Yochim
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Raymond Yochim had a brief major league career, pitching in 3.1 innings in 4 games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1948-1949. Yochim allowed 4 earned runs total in his appearances and was not credited with any decisions.
He died on Jan. 26, 2002 in New Orleans, La.
Yochim's professional career covered 13 years beginning in the early 1940s. Most of that time was spent pitching in the minor leagues. In 1947, he compiled a 14-15 record with a 3.57 for AAA Rochester. In 1950, he pitched to a 15-10 record with a 3.78 ERA for the Birmingham Barons.
He was a also a member of the Class AA New Orleans Pelicans in 1942, 1951 and 1958. He was a coach for the Pelicans in 1956 and replaced the team's manager in the 1958 season.
Prior to his professional career, Yochim established himself as a top high school pitcher. In 1941, Branch Rickey invited Yochim, along with Mel Parnell (who later pitched for the Red Sox), to pitch batting practice for the Pelicans. At that time, New Orleans was part of the Cardinals' farm system. The sessions led to a chance to pitch professionally.
Yochim's career was put on hold from 1943-1945 when he served in the U.S. Marines. His brother Lenny was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Updated on 12/28/2006 with place of death.