Rather than bringing in a relief pitcher only when the starting pitcher had begun to struggle, teams increasingly called upon their relief pitchers toward the end of any close game. " He fell short by 13 votes in 1984. His ERA decreased to 1.99 that season; it remained less than 2.00 through the 1968 season. Contact SABR, 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, https://sabr.org/sites/default/files/WilhelmHoyt.jpg, /wp-content/uploads/2020/02/sabr_logo.png, September 20, 1958: Orioles knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits Yankees.  He was traded back by the Cubs to the Braves for Hal Breeden after the season.  Wilhelm was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. Wilhelm, a relief pitcher for most of his career, was making only his third start for the Orioles and the ninth of his career, in his seventh season in the majors. So on Sept. 20, 1958, with the Yankees down to their last out and Baltimore’s Hoyt Wilhelm on the verge of a no-hitter, Bauer tried to bunt.  On April 23, 1952, in his second game with the New York Giants, Wilhelm batted for the first time in the majors. From about the third inning on, intermittent showers kept the grass wet. Wilhelm retired the first seven batters he faced before walking Bobby Richardson in the third. Wilhelm uses it with such effect that he won his first nine games, allowing befuddled opponents less than one earned run a game, making him the most efficient pitcher in baseball. He started against Don Larsen, who had pitched a perfect game in the 1956 World Series.1 Besides the few spectators, who had to brave a steady rain, many more Americans witnessed this piece of history; it was the nationally televised Game of the Week.2.  After Wilhelm failed to garner enough votes for induction in 1983, sportswriter Jim Murray criticized the voters, saying that while Wilhelm never had the look of a baseball player, he was "the best player in history at what he does. They raised three children together: Patti, Pam, and Jim. Wilhelm, who later became known as the premier relief pitcher of his time, threw the first no-hitter by a Baltimore pitcher in sixty years that day. Wilhelm spent most of the 1970 season with the Braves, pitching in 50 games for the team and earning ten saves. , He returned to the Moors in 1946, following his military service. By the sixth inning the rain, began to fall a bit harder, so the umpires requested that the Memorial Stadium lights be turned on. “No fluke bounces, no scoring decisions which helped him. He was the first pitcher to reach 200 saves and the first to appear in 1,000 games. , He is also remembered as one of the most successful and "probably the most famous 'old' player in history. 9 ‘Wilhelm pitches,” Philadelphia Inquirer. He said, “I thought Gus caught a great game for me.”12 When pressed about the no-hitter, Wilhelm replied, “I really didn’t get to thinking much about it until Gus hit that homer. , In 1962, Wilhelm had his fourth All-Star season, finishing with a 7–10 record, a 1.94 ERA and 15 saves. Bauer eventually popped out to second base, ending the game and giving Wilhelm his unlikely no-hitter. P. Birthdate: 7/26/1922 — 8/23/2002 (80 y, 28 d) Updated: Friday, October 9, 2020 10:54 AM ET Updated: 10/9/2020 10:54 AM ET. Leading off for the Orioles, Gus Triandos swung at a 2-and-1 offering and launched a solo home run over the center-field fence, above the 410-foot sign, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead and the only run Wilhelm would need.  He pitched in 16 games for the Dodgers in 1972, registering a 4.62 ERA over 25 innings. After retiring as a player in the early 1970s, he held coaching roles with the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves for many years. Baseball is full of unwritten rules. Wilhelm retired with the lowest career earned run average of any major league hurler after 1927 (Walter Johnson) who pitched more than 2,000 innings. This page was last modified on 6 January 2016, at 17:58. Baltimore, entering the contest with a 68-77 record, had defeated the Yankees on September 19, but with the schedule at 154 games, the players knew they would have to endure another losing season.4. 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