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Hoyt Wilhelm

WSI's Sox Fans' Hall of Fame

Hoyt Wilhelm
Relief Pitcher.  Chicago White Sox, 1963-68.
Batted:  right.  Threw:  right.
Born:  7/26/23, Huntersville, North Carolina.

 

  • Broke Cy Young's 57 year record for most appearances in 1968, pitching both ends of a doubleheader for the Sox, the 906th of his career.
  • Still holds the major league record for appearances, 1,070.  Also hold the league record for relief wins, 124.
  • Pitched five consecutive seasons for the Sox (1964-68) with ERA beneath 2.00, the finest stretch in his 21 year career.
  • Holds Sox record with 41 relief wins.
  • Amongst club leaders for relief appearances (358, second), saves (98, third), and games (361, seventh).
  • 227 career wins.  Lifetime 2.52 ERA.
  • A flawless fielder, too.  Set major league record with 319 consecutive errorless appearances.
  • Unexpectedly lost by the Sox to Kansas City in the 1968 expansion draft, went on to pitch four more seasons before retiring.
  • The knuckleballing relief ace of the Chicago White Sox, student of Dutch Leonard, master to future Sox knuckleball great Wilbur Wood, amongst the finest of Sox pitchers in the greatest of all decades for Sox pitching, the 1960's, known simply by Sox fans as "Old Tilt".
  • Achieved induction into Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985, the first relief specialist so honored.

Chosen by Sox fans as the greatest hall of fame relief pitcher.

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