Hoyt Wilhelm

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Birthdate7/26/1923
Death Date8/23/2002
Debut Year1952
Year of Induction1985
Teams Angels, Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Indians, Orioles, White Sox
Position Pitcher

The 1st pitcher to save 200 games & the 1st to appear in 1,000 games, Hoyt Wilhelm’s MLB debut came at 29 years old; 20 years later, he retired.

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In the collection:

Handwritten letter to early agent Frank Scott

Handwritten letter to early agent Frank Scott

Hoyt Wilhelm penned this letter the day after Christmas in 1961. The pitcher writes to early player agent Frank Scott, the master of endorsements and paid appearances. Wilhelm asks about tax advice from Scott. The 1962 season was around the corner and the pitcher would succeed. Though his won-loss r
NYY 1980/81 Minor League instructor contract

NYY 1980/81 Minor League instructor contract

In the collection is this contract between the Yankees and Hoyt Wilhelm that calls for the former pitcher to earn $16,000 per year as a “Minor League Instructor”. The contract stipulates that, “The Employee shall faithfully serve the club and pledges himself to the American public
Signature page of 1980/81 NYY contract

Signature page of 1980/81 NYY contract

The Hall of Fame pitcher has signed the bottom of the contract with his more formal and legal, “James Hoyt Wilhelm”. Though the knuckleballer made his Major League debut at the ripe old age of 29, he still pitched for 21 seasons before retiring in 1972. All told Wilhelm played for nine b

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