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(ESPN)   Virgil Trucks has died. In other news, somebody who pitched a World Series game against the Cubs was still alive   (espn.go.com) divider line 13
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2013-03-26 08:52:01 AM
RIP Derek  Trucks great uncle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8nYAppBy7Q
 
2013-03-26 09:32:15 AM
Two no-hitters in one season, '52.
 
2013-03-26 09:52:41 AM
Nice to see how the Yankees have to glom on to this.  He was as much a Yankee and Mike Piazza was a Marlin.
 
2013-03-26 10:00:19 AM
Ted Dibiase inconsolable
 
2013-03-26 10:02:51 AM
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RIP VIRGIL TIBBS
 
2013-03-26 10:38:11 AM

natural316: Ted Dibiase inconsolable


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2013-03-26 10:39:42 AM

ChrisDe: Two no-hitters in one season, '52.


That was an era of dominant pitching IIRC?

RIP baseball man
 
2013-03-26 10:44:35 AM
My dad used to claim that Virgil was his cousin.  They were both from Birmingham.  He would have been about 15 years older than my dad, although it's not out of the question, probably through marriage or something.

I know my dad spent some time in Detroit's farm system and was in and around Lakeland a lot after high school.  Apparently he played for quite a few teams and leagues down there under several names, which was probably not uncommon at the time.
 
2013-03-26 11:38:16 AM
I recognize the name from "Inside Baseball" a book of stories about baseball between 1910 and 1950 by Arthur Daley, the sportswriter from New York who died in the 70's.

"Fresco Thompson was managing New Orleans during the war and an umpire who had gotten most of his experience at Great Lakes Naval Training Station was umping the ball games there. The man in blue pulled a beaut and Thompson came spilling out of the dugout, breathing fire and brimstone. "I've had plenty of experience," answered the umpire to Fresco's initial accusation. "We had Virgil Trucks of the Tigers pitching at Great Lakes. If I can work behind Trucks, I can work behind any of your pitchers".
"My good man" said Fresco pityingly, as he let him have it with both barrels. "Next year you'll be working behind Trucks again. But it won't be Virgil Trucks. It'll be garbage trucks."


Odd thing about those two no hitters in 1952. They came in a season where he won only 5 games and lost 19, and was 35 years old.
 
2013-03-26 12:13:14 PM
looks like he was the last pitcher from the 1945 tigers to still be alive

les muller died 10/25/2012 leaving trucks as the last
 
2013-03-26 02:16:08 PM

ChrisDe: Two no-hitters in one season, '52.


And in that year, he went 5-19 with a 3.97 ERA...the year before he was 13-8 with a 4.33 ERA.  He was so unlucky in '52 he almost HAD to throw a no-hitter to get a win.
 
2013-03-26 07:25:59 PM

varmitydog: Odd thing about those two no hitters in 1952. They came in a season where he won only 5 games and lost 19, and was 35 years old.


The Third Man: And in that year, he went 5-19 with a 3.97 ERA...the year before he was 13-8 with a 4.33 ERA. He was so unlucky in '52 he almost HAD to throw a no-hitter to get a win.


Just to be clear: you both realize he was a more or less average pitcher on the worst offensive team (by far) in the league, yeah? Like, you don't actually think going 5-19 means anything, right?
 
2013-03-26 08:36:46 PM

DeWayne Mann: varmitydog: Odd thing about those two no hitters in 1952. They came in a season where he won only 5 games and lost 19, and was 35 years old.

The Third Man: And in that year, he went 5-19 with a 3.97 ERA...the year before he was 13-8 with a 4.33 ERA. He was so unlucky in '52 he almost HAD to throw a no-hitter to get a win.

Just to be clear: you both realize he was a more or less average pitcher on the worst offensive team (by far) in the league, yeah? Like, you don't actually think going 5-19 means anything, right?


Not on how good a pitcher he was, no.  But on how unlucky he was not to get more wins that year (in an era when wins meant a lot more to the eventual dollars on your contract), yeah.
 
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