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Virgil Trucks Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: April 26, 1917 in Birmingham, Alabama
Died: March 23, 2013 in Calera, Alabama
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Virgil Trucks This article was written by Gregory H. Wolf and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research The last-place Detroit Tigers went to New York to meet the reigning World Series champion Yankees in August 1952. After Detroit lost the first game of the series, Virgil Trucks started game two. The veteran right-hander came in with a 4-15 record, but he had pitched a no-hitter and a one-hitter for two of his victories. On August 25 Trucks had his fastball humming and threw his second no-hitter of the season; however, the game was marked by controversy involving an error, an official scorer, and even a phone call to the fielder involved. In an interview with the author, Virgil Trucks recalled this exceptional game:"In the second inning, Phil Rizzuto hit a ground ball to Johnny Pesky. We thought he'd thrown him out at first, but the umpire called him safe. When I walked off the field, on the scoreboard you could see there was an error. When I went back onto the field to start the third inning, there had been a hit put up . . . The scorer that day was John Drebinger (of the New York Times), and the sportswriters were getting on him for changing it from an error to a hit. He called down to the bench and talked to Johnny Pesky; Pesky said that it was nothing but an error. The ball was not stuck in his glove, he said; he just could not get a grip on it. Drebinger accepted his word. When I went out in the eighth inning, they announced over the PA system what he'd [Drebinger] done and it had been corrected as an error. They put an error back on the board and it was still a no-hitter.iRight-hander Virgil "Fire" Trucks set down the Yankees in order in the eighth and ninth to join Johnny Vander Meer and Allie Reynolds as the only pitchers to throw two no-hitters in same the same season. (Nolan Ryan joined them in 1973.) With 19 losses and just five victories for the year, Trucks provided some of the few highlights for a Tigers team which finished the season in eighth place at 50-104, marking the first time in franchise history that the Tigers lost 100 games or finished last in the AL.ii
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