John Webb

John Webb After Webb finished his high school career at Pensacola High, he played two seasons with Manatee Community College. The Chicago Cubs selected him in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft. Webb played five seasons in the Cubs organization before signing with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2004. 

In his Major League debut in with the Devil Rays John pitched against the would be 2004 World Series Champions, Boston Red Sox. In an inning and a third, he gave up zero runs on two hits while striking out two. 

During his professional career, Webb spent parts of two seasons in the Major Leagues (2004 and 2005), four in triple-A, and two in double-A. His career minor league numbers include a 4.12 ERA, 939 innings pitched, 668 strikeouts, and 332 walks. During his Major League career, Webb pitched four innings of scoreless, two-hit relief at Yankee Stadium. 
 
For nine seasons Webb played MLB affiliated baseball with the Cubs, Devil Rays and Cardinals organizations.  John returned to Pensacola for the 2008 season from Triple-A Iowa. Back in his hometown John Webb pitched for the Pensacola (FL) Pelicans of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. 

In 2002 John began the John Webb Foundation, at the encouragement of his twin sister Janet, his mother and a couple of buddies. The right-hander, who got into four games with Tampa Bay in 2004 and had a start for the Rays one year later, had lost his dad, John, Sr., a well known local music and band director, the year before the foundation started. Then, his 17-year-old brother James, who had fought cancer for five years, died in 2004. 
 
“We have a cause and a purpose”, states John.  “The purpose is to make life a little better, if only for a short time for other young cancer patients.” John Webb, Jr. had noticed the games on James’s oncology floor were outdated. He felt he and his friends could improve the quality of the agonizing down time. Through benefit golf tournaments and memorabilia auctions, The John Webb Foundation raises funds for new TV sets, X-boxes, Play Stations, games and crafts at Pensacola’s Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. 
 
The annual John Webb Winter Golf Tournament and a recent auctioning of the hurler’s uniform top have helped raise funds. “John has a solid following and does a lot for our community in addition to playing baseball,” commented Pelicans General Manager Talmadge Nunnari. “Every year he holds the John Webb Winter Golf Tournament, with all proceeds benefiting the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. 

John resides with his wife and children in Arizona, where the former Big Leaguer shares his knowledge of the game by coaching high school baseball.