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Hoyt Wilhelm

Full Name: James Hoyt Wilhelm, often called "Old Sarge"
Profession: Baseball Player and Knuckleball Pitcher

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers

Born: July 26, 1922
Birthplace: Huntersville, North Carolina, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Leo

Died: August 23, 2002 (aged 80)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Historical Events

  • 1952-04-23 New York Giant Hoyt Wilhelm wins his 1st game in relief & hits his only HR
  • 1954-09-10 Attempting to handle Hoyt Wilhelm's knuckleball catcher, Ray Katt of Giants sets a major league record with 4 passed balls
  • 1958-09-20 Baltimore Oriole knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits NY Yankees 1-0
  • 1968-07-24 Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in a record 907th major league game breaking Cy Young's record for pitching appearances
  • 1970-05-10 Atlanta Braves' Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in his 1,000th game, loses to Cards 6-5
  • 1972-07-21 Los Angeles Dodgers release and end career of knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm
  • 1985-01-07 Lou Brock & Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

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