Hoyt Wilhelm breaks a Cy Young record

On July, 2, 1968, pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm broke Cy Young’s record after he made his 907th pitching appearance.

The record breaking appearance  Chicago White Sox home game with the Oakland Athletics winning 1-0. He was the closing pitcher, playing only in the ninth inning of the game. The losing pitcher was Tommy John and Jim Nash walked off with the win.

Wilhelm began his 21 year career which started in 1952 after completing military duty. He was awarded a purple heart in 1946. Wilhelm was drafted into the New York Giants franchise at 29 having played with several minor league teams. Throughout his career, he played for the Baltimore Oriels and Atlanta Braves among other teams. His career ended in 1972 with the Los Angeles Dodgers at 49.  Wilhelm won an amazing 54 percent of the games involved in totaling 1,070!

Throughout his career Wilhelm broke numerous records all of which have since been broken. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.

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