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  Hoyt Wilhelm
Wilhelm's unusual career began in 1952, when he was already 28 years old, but didn't end until 1972, when he was an astonishing 48 years of age.
Wilhelm remained in the starting rotation in 1959, won his first nine games, and finished at 15-11, and won the AL ERA title (2.19) at the age of 36.
Wilhelm was sent to the White Sox in the January 14, 1963 deal that brought Luis Aparicio to the Orioles.
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 Rob Neyer
Wilhelm began his minor league career in 1942, but it took him ten full years to get to the big leagues (three of which were spent fighting the Nazis-he won the Purple Heart for wounds suffered at the Battle of the Bulge).
Wilhelm finally got to the majors in 1952 (at age 29), when Giants manager Leo Durocher decided he could use the knuckleballer in his bullpen.
Wilhelm successfully returned to full-time relieving and was named to the All-Star team in each of the next two seasons for the Orioles.
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 [Deathwatch] Hoyt Wilhelm, Baseball Hall of Famer, 80
Wilhelm was elected to the Hall in 1985.
Born as James Hoyt Wilhelm, he is the third Hall of Famer to die in the last two months.
Wilhelm is survived by a son, two daughters, two brothers and six sisters.
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 BIOPROJ.SABR.ORG :: The Baseball Biography Project.
Wilhelm was asked thousands of times how he learned to throw a knuckleball, and usually claimed that he taught himself in high school after seeing a picture of Dutch Leonard gripping a baseball.
Wilhelm was not a prospect-he was a big guy who had some success in high school, which got him a chance to pitch for the local pro team.
Hoyt wasn't particularly effective in 1957 (4.25 ERA in 40 games), but the reason he was let go in September, according to general manager Frank Lane, was that the team's catchers were having difficulties catching Wilhelm's knuckleball.
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 Hoyt Wilhelm Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Hoyt Wilhelm was born on Wednesday, July 26, 1922, in Huntersville, North Carolina.
Wilhelm was 30 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 19, 1952, with the New York Giants, and his Major League Baseball stats for every season he played, along with his career totals are on this page.
Hoyt Wilhelm's biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable) career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this Hoyt Wilhelm baseball statistics page.
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 ESPN Classic - Wilhelm first reliever elected to Hall of Fame
Hoyt Wilhelm was the last pitcher to no-hit the Yankees.
Wilhelm began experimenting with his unorthodox pitch after reading a story about knuckleballer Dutch Leonard while playing high school ball in his hometown of Huntersville, N.C. Wilhelm, who won a Purple Heart at the Battle of the Bulge, got a late start to his major league career.
Wilhelm later coached in the minors for the New York Yankees.
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 Hoyt Wilhelm | BaseballLibrary.com
At the time of his retirement in 1972, knuckleballing master reliever Hoyt Wilhelm had appeared in more games (1,070) than any pitcher in major league history, with a late-starting ML career that still spanned 21 years.
Wilhelm hit the only home run of his lengthy career in his first ML at-bat on April 23, 1952.
After four full seasons in Baltimore, Wilhelm was sent to the White Sox in the January 14, 1963 deal that brought Luis Aparicio to the Orioles.
www.baseballlibrary.com /baseballlibrary/ballplayers/W/Wilhelm_Hoyt.stm   (2525 words)

  
 Hoyt Wilhelm biography .ms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
James Hoyt Wilhelm (July 26, 1923 - August 23, 2002) was a pitcher in major league baseball.
Born in Huntersville, North Carolina, he was best known for his knuckleball, which enabled him to have great longevity, occasionally as a starting pitcher but mainly as a specialist relief man (in which role he won 124 games).
Along with Phil Niekro, Wilhelm is considered by many the greatest knuckleballer to have played the game, and he was elected to the United States Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.
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 Fluttering With History
With Hoyt Wilhelm as his battery mate, Oriole backstop Clint Courtney becomes the first catcher to use the big knuckleball mitt.
The White Sox trade shortstop Luis Aparicio and outfielder Al Smith to the Orioles for pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm, outfielder Dave Nicholson shortstop Ron Hansen and third baseman Pete Ward.
Wilhelm is the first pitcher to be inducted because of his role as a relief pitcher.
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 July 21, 1972: Hoyt Calls It Quits | BaseballLibrary.com
Hoyt was shipped from New York to St. Louis in 1957, but the Cardinals soon sold him to the Indians, who tried to use him as a starter.
Struggling to keep his roster spot at the age of thirty-five, Wilhelm took the mound against the Yankees on a wet night during the fall of 1958.
Hoyt didn't win another game for the Orioles in 1958, but 1959 turned out to be a career year for the knuckleballer, who started the year 9-1.
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 HOYT WILHELM FACTS AND INFORMATION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
James Hoyt Wilhelm (July_26, 1922 in Huntersville,_North_Carolina - August_23, 2002 in Sarasota,_Florida) was an American relief_pitcher in Major_League_Baseball.
Born in Huntersville,_North_Carolina, he was best known for his knuckleball, which enabled him to have great longevity – occasionally as a starting pitcher, but mainly as a specialist relief man (in which role he won 124 games).
Along with Phil_Niekro, Wilhelm is considered by many one of the greatest knuckleballers to have played the game, and he was elected to the Baseball_Hall_of_Fame in 1985.
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 Hoyt Wilhelm
Hoyt Wilhelm - Hoyt Wilhelm Age: 79 knuckleball pitcher, who in 1985 became the first relief pitcher elected to...
Hoyt Wilhelm, renowned knuckleball pitcher, dead at 79.
OBITUARIES: Hoyt Wilhelm, Hall of Famer (The Atlanta Journal and Constitution)
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 ESPN.com: MLB - On this date: Wilhelm homers in debut
In 1948, pitching for Knoxville in the Tri-State League, Wilhelm hit another homer, the last of his minor-league career (which would last through the 1951 season, and be resumed, briefly, in 1971).
Wilhelm is in the Hall of Fame, of course, and deservedly so.
Wilhelm posted almost exactly the same ERA after his rookie season as he had during his rookie season.
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 USATODAY.com - Knuckleball king Wilhelm dies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm, the first reliever elected to the Hall of Fame and the man who led to catchers using oversized mitts to handle his fluttering pitch, died Friday of heart failure.
Knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm shows his grip as a reliever with the Atlanta Braves during spring training, 1970.
While known for the knuckleball, Wilhelm had a smashing debut as a big leaguer.
www.usatoday.com /sports/baseball/2002-08-24-wilhelm-obit_x.htm   (637 words)

  
 Hoyt Wilhelm - Knuckleball Pitching Community   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
I am sure that Hoyt and his family were very proud of that honor and the Orioles should be applauded for their timely honor to Hoyt.
Hoyt started learning his craft by throwing tennis balls, and then eventually throwing the knuckleball all the time.
wilhelm was a little before my time so i didn't get to see him pitch and don't think i've ever seen any video with him pictching.
www.oddball-mall.com /knucklertalk/viewthread.php?tid=1257   (1979 words)

  
 Why Can't I Buy Maalox in a Drum?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Leo Durocher began signaling for James Hoyt Wilhelm and the rest is in Macmillian's Baseball Encyclopedia.
Hoyt's knuckler gave him a 15-3 record in '52,and (beyond a year starting for Baltimore's Paul Richards in 1958) Hoyt was by reputation the game's premier short guy till the late 60's.
For every Wilhelm there are many more Dick Hydes, Dick Radatzs and Stan the Man Unusuals who sour after a year or two and search want ads in 2 or 3 more, plus the 5-10 guys in the high minors of each organization praying for the big club's short ace to screw up.
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 Hoyt Wilhelm | National Baseball Hall of Fame
Hoyt Wilhelm didn't make his major league debut until the age of 28, but he got off to a fast start by hitting a home run in his first at-bat.
View the Hall of Fame ballot from the year Hoyt Wilhelm was inducted.
Tell someone about Hoyt Wilhelm by sending a free Hall of Fame Digital Postcard.
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 Major League Baseball : News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Wilhelm died Friday, but the cause of death was not released.
Hough began throwing a knuckleball in 1970 and met Wilhelm a year later while pitching for Triple-A Spokane of the Pacific Coast League.
San Francisco manager Dusty Baker was a teammate of Wilhelm's with the Atlanta Braves in the early '70s.
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 Hoyt Wilhelm - Reviews on RateItAll   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Wilhelm pitched in the early 50s and was still around befuddling hitters with his knuckleball well into the 1970s (he was almost 50 at the time).
Wilhelm essentially did his own set up work.
Hoyt Wilhelm is the answer to an incredible piece of trivia: He hit a home run in his first at bat and never hit another for the rest of his career.
www.rateitall.com /i-57964-hoyt-wilhelm.aspx   (246 words)

  
 Hoyt Wilhelm - OOTP Developments Forums
Knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm, the first reliever elected to the Hall of Fame and the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the New York Yankees, has died.
Wilhelm was a great pitcher and a great favorite.
Wilhelm and Earl Averill are the only Hall of Famers to hit a home run in their first ML at-bat...but wasn't there someone recently?
www.ootpdevelopments.com /board/showthread.php?t=14051   (602 words)

  
 Wilhelm on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Richard Wilhelm's reception of Confucianism in comparison with James Legge's and Max Weber's.
Hoyt Wilhelm, renowned knuckleball pitcher, dead at 79.(New York Daily News)
Hoyt Wilhelm dead at 79.(New York Daily News)
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 Hoyt - ESPN.com - MLB - Hoyt Wilhelm   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Hoyt Corkins Poker Hoyt Corkins keeps sixty head of cattle at home, but that number may grow as he gets back
Hoyt Wilhelm - Hoyt Wilhelm Age: 79 knuckleball pitcher, OBITUARIES: Hoyt Wilhelm, Hall of Famer (The Atlanta Journal and Constitution)
Hoyt Wilhelm Born: July 26, 1923 Bats: Right Throws: Right Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1985 Batting statistics.
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 Charlie Hough - Knuckleball Pitching Community
I listened to a good interview with former Knuckleballer Charlie Hough today, Charlie was a teammate of Hoyt Wilhelm in 1971, and credits Hoyt for helping him learn the K-ball.
Unlike most of the great k-ballers, Charlie didn't learn to throw the k-ball untill he was about 23y/o, he started as a third baseman, then changed to pitcher, and in the minors he hurt his arm, anyway one of his coaches suggested that he throw the knuckler and the rest is history.
wilhelm after the sensational year in 1959 as a starter was sent back to the pen while hough continued to thrive in the starter role averaging 15 wins a year for 7 years.
www.oddball-mall.com /knucklertalk/viewthread.php?tid=333   (2048 words)

  
 Sporting News, The: A hitter first, a hitter always - Ted Williams - Cover Story - Interview
And Hoyt Wilhelm's all time for me. I'd get up against Hoyt Wilhelm and his first knuckleball, you could see it good but it was moving.
When Ted Williams is hitting, as he is at this moment by the pool, every nerve ending in the kid is alive to the precious possibility of a line drive off a distant fence.
Now he is hitting against Hoyt Wilhelm, whose knuckleball confounded hitters for 20 years.
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 CNNSI.com - Baseball - Hall of Fame pitcher Wilhelm dead at 79 - Saturday August 24, 2002 08:20 PM
U.S. Hall of Fame pitcher Wilhelm dead at 79
Posted: Saturday August 24, 2002 5:37 PM Updated: Saturday August 24, 2002 8:20 PM Hoyt Wilhelm won 143 games and saved another 227 during his 21-year career.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm, the first reliever elected to the Hall of Fame and the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the New York Yankees, has died.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /baseball/news/2002/08/24/wilhelm_obit_ap   (842 words)

  
 Hoyt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Watching Wilhelm as a starter had to be great fun
The surest way to catch Hoyt's pitch was not in that glove's cup;
If Wilhelm's pitch was funny, what he did with it was not;
www.thediamondangle.com /archive/nov03/hoyt.html   (211 words)

  
 MSN Encarta - Search Results - Hoyt Wilhelm   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
MSN Encarta - Search Results - Hoyt Wilhelm
Roentgen, Wilhelm Conrad (1845-1923), German physicist, discoverer of X rays, and winner of the first Nobel Prize in physics.
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 Hoyt Wilhelm, 8 x 10 Autographed Color Photograph (Unframed) And Colorado Half Court Pressure Defense Drills (Video)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Hoyt Wilhelm, 8 x 10 Autographed Color Photograph (Unframed) And Colorado Half Court Pressure Defense Drills (Video)
In the event this exact image is sold out, an alternate photo of the same athlete will be shipped instead.
This video is perfect for coaches and players who want to excel at half court pressure man-to-man defense.
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 New York Daily News - Baseball - Last no-no Hoyt badly   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
On that day, the Yanks couldn't solve Baltimore Orioles knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm and were beaten, 1-0, by catcher Gus Triandos' homer in the seventh.
Like most of the Houston pitchers last night, Wilhelm spent most of his career as a reliever.
He is in the Hall of Fame wearing a San Francisco Giants cap and also spent time with the Cardinals, Indians, White Sox, Angels, Braves, Cubs and Dodgers.
nydailynews.com /06-12-2003/sports/baseball/story/91705p-83349c.html   (257 words)

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