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TOMMY BYRNE
Born: December 31, 1919 in Baltimore, Maryland
Died: December 20, 2007 in Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Thomas Joseph Byrne (born December 31, 1919, in Baltimore, Maryland – died December 20, 2007, in Wake Forest, North Carolina) was an American professional baseball player. Known for his impressive career as a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB), Byrne had significant tenures with the New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, and the Washington Senators.

Byrne began his MLB career with the New York Yankees in 1943 and remained with the team until 1951. During his initial tenure with the Yankees, he played a crucial role in the team's World Series championships in 1947 and 1949. Known for his powerful fastball, Byrne led the American League in both walks and strikeouts in 1949. In 1951, Byrne was traded to the St. Louis Browns, where he played until 1952. The next stage of his career saw him with the Chicago White Sox in 1953 and later the Washington Senators from 1953-1954. Byrne made a return to the Yankees towards the end of his career, playing for them in 1955 and again in 1957. This period witnessed another career highlight as he contributed to the Yankees' 1956 World Series Championship. Throughout his career, Byrne exhibited a win-loss record of 85-69 and a 4.11 earned run average (ERA).

After his playing career, Byrne served as the Mayor of Wake Forest, North Carolina, from 1973 to 1987. Here, he seamlessly blended his love for baseball with public service, significantly promoting Little League Baseball in his community.
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