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Don’t quit your day job, Hoyt
NEW YORK CITY,
APRIL 23, 19
– What are the odds? On this day in baseball history, New York Giant pitcher
Hoyt Wilhelm hit a home run. It was his very first major league at bat. He hit a triple two days later. If you remember Hoyt, a great knuckleballing relief pitcher comes to mind, not a particularly good hitting pitcher. That’s because in a career that spanned 21 years, over 1,000 games and 432 official at bats, Wilhelm never hit another home run or triple.
There were pitchers who could hit, though. Here’s a look at some of them:
Red Ruffing was a consistent hitting pitcher for the Red Sox and Yankees in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. He hit .269 over 22 seasons, including 36 home runs (
remember, even the best pitchers only played every 3 to 5 days).
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