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Tom Gansauer
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2004 Individual Award Winner


 

Upon graduation from Centralia High School in 1958, Gansauer left with some lofty baseball stats. They include: 

CAREER PITCHING - 11 wins (Spring seasons), 6 shutouts, 1.84 strike outs per innings pitched, 4 no  
                           hitters
SEASON PITCHING - (all 1958) 103 strike outs (56 innings), 3 no hitters, 0.64 ERA
SINGLE GAME PITCHING - 18 strike outs in 7 innings. 

Tom also had a string of 14 consecutive strike outs over a two game stretch in 1958. He only suffered one loss each season (1957, 1958).  He led the team in batting in 1957 (.429) and 1958 (.381) as the teams were 9-4 and 12-4 respectively.  He had a career batting average of .397 at CHS.

The four no hitters in a career, 103 strike outs in a season, 3 no hitters in a season, and the 18 strike outs in a 7 inning game (tied with Don Walker), are all still records at Centralia High School.

Before high school, he pitched two no hitters in Centralia Little League ball. During the off season from high school ball, he set the Babe Ruth League single game strike out record of 19, and had three no hitters. 

He also pitched in the local Tri County League and set the league record of 21 strike outs in a 9 inning game.

Gansauer had signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Illinois for baseball, but opted to sign with the major league Cleveland Indian organization instead. His signing bonus of $22,250 was one of the three largest in the state at the time.

He reported to the Nebraska State League. While there, he pitched a no hitter and the next start a one hitter, with the one hit coming in the last inning with two out after an error.  He was rated the top pitcher in the league with a record of 10-1 and an ERA of 2.03.  He was also named CO-MVP.

In 1959, sickness hampered his progress, but in 1960, he reported to Spring training with the big league club and pitched three shutout innings against the Cubs. 

Later in 1960, he suffered an arm injury but finished a total of six years in the minor leagues.

Tom followed his father Erwin “Zuke” Gansauer as an inductee into the Centralia Sports Hall of Fame.


 

 

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