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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Hoyt Wilhelm Makes His Major League Debut


April 23, 1952,  on this date in baseball history Hoyt Wilhelm makes his major league debut with the New York Giants. The twenty-year old hurler homers in his first at bat, two days later he will triple in his second major league plate appearance. Wilhelm will have 432 official more at-bats in 21-year career without ever hitting a home run or triple again. He served in World War II, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, where he received a shrapnel wound in the back something he would play with his entire career. The knuckleball pitcher would have a won-loss record of 143-122 with 228 saves in his career. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985,

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