Virgil Trucks

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Birthdate4/26/1917
Death Date3/23/2013
Debut Year1941
Year of Induction
Teams Athletics, Browns, Tigers, White Sox, Yankees
Position Pitcher

Two of Virgil Trucks’ 5 wins in 1952 were no-hitters; the two-time All Star won 177 games, led the AL shutouts twice, and was world champ in ’45.

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All Star Virgil Trucks has two no-hitters and one World Series championship

All Star Virgil Trucks has two no-hitters and one World Series championship

Virgil Trucks pitched for five teams during his 17-year big league career that spanned from 1941-1958. The fourth of 13 children, Trucks grew up in Alabama and took to baseball at an early age. An infielder and outfielder with a strong arm, Trucks played on “company teams” after high sch
Trucks signed this two weeks after his first All Star appearance in 1949

Trucks signed this two weeks after his first All Star appearance in 1949

Government postcards offer collectors context to the signature. This one comes with a postmark date of July 29, 1949,  two weeks after Virgil Trucks’ first All Star appearance. Sent from Philadelphia at 7pm, the card was mailed just after Trucks’ Tigers dropped the first game of a three
Trucks earned the save in his final All Star appearance

Trucks earned the save in his final All Star appearance

Virgil Trucks gained a win and a save in two All Star appearances. Along the way he faced Dodger legend Jackie Robinson, Cardinals great Stan Musial, and other Hall of Famers. How did he fare against the five NL Cooperstown men he faced? Those batters went 2-for-5 with two walks. Trucks was lucky en

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