January 7th, 2013

Hoyt Wilhelm

January 7, 1985 – Knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Wilhelm broke into the Majors with the New York Giants in 1952 and he appeared in a then-record 1,070 games. He finished his career with the Dodgers (1971-72), joining Los Angeles two weeks shy of his 49th birthday. The eight-time All-Star posted a lifetime 143-122 record and 2.52 ERA. In the Billy Crystal movie “61”, Wilhelm’s character is portrayed by fellow knuckleball pitcher Tom Candiotti.