You are 30 years old. You have repeatedly won in the minors. You’ve been doing it a long time. You probably begin to think you won’t win in the majors. Your fastball isn’t so zippy any longer. You’ve got a good curve ball and control. Clubs are becoming reluctant to take a chance on you.
In 1937, the Boston Bees are pretty hard up for good pitching. There is no money for high priced pitching talent. They decide to pay $3,000 to St. Paul of the American Association for Lou Fette. He had won 25 games in 1936. Most fans did not think this was a good investment and General Manager Bob Quinn would come to regret it.
But he didn’t regret it.
Fette was one of the top pitchers in 1937 winning 20 games. His partner in crime, Jim Turner (a rookie) also won 20 games. It was the only time in history that two rookies won 20 games each for the same team. And it was the Bees. Go figure.
Fette played for the Bees 1937 to 1940 and again in 1945. He was from Alma, Missouri, born on March 15, 1907. He would pass away on January 3, 1981.