Nominated by: Jimi Thayer
Why did Jim Thayer nominate Virgil Trucks for the HOM?
2X All-Star (1949, 1954) 2X World Series champion (1945, 1960) MLB strikeout leader (1949) Trucks missed two seasons due to military service in World War II and was discharged from the Navy less than two weeks before his start in the second game of the 1945 World Series. Because of the circumstances, the leagues waived the rule requiring players to have been on the team's roster by September 1 to qualify for post-season play. He defeated the Cubs in that game. The only other pitcher to win a post-season game without winning a regular season game is Chris Carpenter of the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals. In 1952, despite a 5 - 19 record, Trucks became just the third major league pitcher to hurl two no-hitters in one season (two others have since matched the feat). Trucks was the uncle of Butch Trucks, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. He also lived to be 95 years old! In addition, I plan on adding a Virgil Trucks player want list shortly and right now I don't think I own a single card! This can't be too hard to complete right? :)
YEAR / SET CARD ================== ==== 1947 Tip Top 44 1947-66 Exibits 226 1949 Bowman 219 1949 Leaf 5 1950 Bowman 96 1951 Bowman 104 1952 Topps 262 1953 Bowman BW 17 1953 Topps 96 1954 Bowman 198 1955 Bowman 262 1956 Topps 117 1957 Topps 187 1958 Topps 277 1959 Topps 417
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