Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Extra: RIP Virgil Trucks

Just heard a few moments ago that Virgil Trucks died on Saturday.

Trucks tossed a pair of no-hitters in his career, both coming in 1952, the first pitcher ever to pull off the feat twice in a year.  He also was the first to win a post-season game without getting a win in the regular season, winning Game Two of the 1945 World Series, two weeks after his discharge from the Navy.  He was involved in pro baseball as a player or a coach from 1938-74.

Two of his relatives-- nephew Butch and great-nephew Derek-- are well-known musicians from their time in the Allman Brothers Band.

Best of all, Virgil was one of the best TTM signers you'll ever come across.  Just over a year ago, I sent off a letter and a couple cards to get signed.  Not only did he sign them in only a week, but he also added in a third signed card of his own, and even wrote a short note back thanking me for my letter and for being a fan.  If only every pro athlete could be like that!

Virgil Trucks made it to 95 years on Earth and was coherent until the end.  You can't do much better than that.

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