Jun 2014 Issue

Hall of Fame Spotlight

There are National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees that are household names to even the most casual baseball fan. But there are many somewhat obscure names that you may have not heard of. In this section, we salute these somewhat forgotten stars of the past, by spotlighting their amazing careers.

Vic Willis

First Game:4/20/1898
Last Game:9/5/1910
Induction:Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1995
Plaque Inscription

" Tall, graceful workhorse with sweeping curve that made him a strikeout artist while compiling 249-205 record. Posted 50 shutouts and 2.63 ERA and completed 388 of 471 starts. 45 complete games in 1902 are most in N.L. in 20th century. Mainstay of Boston Beaneaters' staff before trade to Pittsburgh where he averaged 22 wins a season. "

A tall, graceful workhorse, Vic Willis parlayed a sweeping curve into 249 career victories in just 13 big league seasons. Pitching in the National League for Boston, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, he recorded 50 shutouts and a 2.63 ERA, completing 388 of 471 starts. His 45 complete games in 1902 are the most in National League history since 1900. He was the mainstay of the Boston Beaneaters' staff before his trade to the Pirates, where he averaged over 22 wins a season.
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