Saturday, March 7, 2015

3/7: Willis Gets the Call; Happy B-Day to Iron Man & Junior...

  • 1912 - C Ray “Iron Man” Mueller was born in Pittsburg, Kansas. Iron Man played in Pittsburgh (PA, not KS) from 1939-40 and again in 1950, hitting .251. He earned his nickname when he caught every game the Cincinnati Reds played (155) during the 1944 season. Mueller caught a NL-record 233 consecutive games in 1943–1944 and 1946, missing 1945 when he was in the Army.
  • 1919 - RHP James “Junior” Walsh was born in Newark. Junior pitched in 1946, then 1948-51, for the Bucs and not very effectively; he never had an ERA lower than 5.05. In five years, his line was 4-10-1/5.88. 
  • 1995 - The Veterans Committee selected RHP Vic Willis for the Hall of Fame. Willis pitched from 1906-09 with Pittsburgh, going 89-46 with a 2.08 ERA. The workhorse curveballer was inducted on July 30th with 249 career victories on his resume. 
Vic Willis - Turkey Red series via Baseball Hall of Fame Collection

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