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|Born: March 22, 1940|
|June 22, 1958, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 23, 1971, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Earned run average||3.72|
|Career highlights and awards|
Richard Clark Ellsworth (born March 22, 1940) is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs (1958, 1960-1966), Philadelphia Phillies (1967), Boston Red Sox (1968-1969), Cleveland Indians (1969-1970), and Milwaukee Brewers (1970-1971).
Ellsworth was born in Lusk, Wyoming and graduated from Fresno High School in Fresno, California. He attended Fresno High School in California, alongside fellow pitcher Jim Maloney. Ellsworth batted and threw left-handed. He is the father of former MLB pitcher Steve Ellsworth.
Ellsworth made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 1958. His most productive season came in 1963, when he won 22 games (after losing 20 in 1962), with a 2.11 ERA. Ellsworth set the record for largest ERA improvement in consecutive seasons of at least 150 innings pitched when he lowered his ERA from 5.09 in 1962 to 2.11 in 1963, improving his ERA by 2.98 runs per game. He won the NL Player of the Month award in May with a 4-1 record, 1.29 ERA, and only 13 SO.
A popular player at Wrigley Field, Ellsworth made the National League All-Star team in 1964. His career faded after that, except for one year with the Boston Red Sox, when he was 16-7 with an ERA of 3.03. He was traded along with Ken Harrelson and Juan Pizarro from the Red Sox to the Indians for Sonny Siebert, Vicente Romo and Joe Azcue on April 19, 1969. He retired in 1971 after playing for the Phillies, Red Sox, Indians and Brewers.
Ellsworth won 84 games, the most by a Cub pitcher in the 1960s. He also led the team in starts for the 60s with 235, complete games with 71 and innings pitched with 1,611. He also led the Cubs in strikeouts three years in a row, with a high of 185 in 1963. The hurler spent much of the 1969 and 1970 seasons with the Indians.
In 1963, Dick Ellsworth was inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame.