Willis Hudlin

Willis Hudlin

Willis Hudlin
Pitcher
Born: (1906-05-23)May 23, 1906
Wagoner, Oklahoma
Died: August 5, 2002(2002-08-05) (aged 96)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 15, 1926, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
August 31, 1944, for the St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 158–156
Earned run average 4.41
Strikeouts 677
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 18 wins in 1927

George Willis Hudlin (May 23, 1906 – August 5, 2002) was born in Wagoner, Oklahoma, and was a Major League Baseball pitcher for, most notably, the Cleveland Indians from 1926 to 1940. Hudlin didn't pitch more than 10 games with any other team, although he played with 3 others.

In 1940, Hudlin became one of the few players to compete on 4 different major league teams in the same year (Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns, and the New York Giants). His career statistics include a 158–156 record, with a 4.41 ERA. He had 677 strikeouts in 2613 career innings pitched. Hudlin was the pitcher who gave up Babe Ruth's 500th home run.

His pitch selection included a well-known sinker, a fastball, curveball and a changeup. He occasionally threw sidearm or with an underhand "dip of the wrist," though he threw overhand most often.[1] After Hudlin finished playing in the majors, he was a manager for the minor league Little Rock Travelers.

Hudlin died in Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 96.

He was also a scout for the New York Yankees where he scouted his own son James Hudlin who was given a contract to play in the Majors, but was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War.

James Hudlin's pitch selection was a 100 miles per hour 2 seam fastball and a knuckleball.

References

  1. ^ The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. Bill James and Rob Neyer. 2004.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
Preceded by
n/a
Detroit Tigers pitching coach
1957–1959
Succeeded by
Tom Ferrick