Tommy Byrne (baseball)

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Tommy Byrne
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Born:(1919-12-31)December 31, 1919
Baltimore, Maryland
Died: December 20, 2007(2007-12-20) (aged 87)
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Batted: LeftThrew: Left
MLB debut
April 27, 1943, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1957, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 85–69
Earned run average 4.11
Strikeouts 766
Career highlights and awards

Thomas Joseph Byrne (December 31, 1919 December 20, 2007) was an American left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for four American League teams from 1943 through 1957, primarily the New York Yankees. He also played for the St. Louis Browns (1951–52), Chicago White Sox (1953) and Washington Senators (1953). Byrne batted and threw left-handed.

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Byrne attended the Baltimore City College high school and Wake Forest College.

The Baltimore City College, known colloquially as City, City College, B.C.C. and nicknamed "The Castle on the Hill" is a public magnet high school in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Established and authorized by resolution in March 1839 by the Baltimore City Council, signed / approved by the 10th Mayor, Sheppard C. Leakin (1838-1840), and opened in October 1839 as "The High School", "City" is the third oldest active public high school in the US. A citywide college preparatory school with a liberal arts focus, The Baltimore City College has selective admissions criteria based on entrance exams and middle school grades. The four-year City College curriculum includes the IB Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate curriculums since the mid 1980s.

Baseball career

Byrne was a hard-thrower pitcher who never hesitated to pitch inside, but he had really struggled with his control most of his career, earning him the nickname "Wild Man". [1] After making his debut on April 27, 1943, he had four years with more than 130 innings pitched and more than 6 walks per nine innings, a record later tied by Nolan Ryan. Byrne led the league in hit batsmen five times and in walks three times. Despite his wildness, he won 15 games twice (1949–50) and enjoyed a career season in 1955 with a 16-5 record and a 3.15 ERA, and led the league in winning percentage (.762).

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Hit by pitch

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Base on balls in baseball, reaching base on four balls

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But Byrne was a dangerous hitter. He hit well enough during his career to be called on by his managers for pinch-hitting duties. He batted .238 in his career (143-for-601) with 14 home runs and 98 RBI in 377 games, including two grand slams and 80 pinch hits.

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In a 13-year career, Byrne posted an 85-69 record with a 4.11 ERA in 1362 innings. He had a disappointing 0.74 strikeout-to-walk ratio (766-to-1037). In four World Series, he went 2-2 with 11 strikeouts and a 2.53 ERA in 21.1 innings. He made the American League All-Star team in 1950. He played his final regular-season game on September 21, 1957 before ending his career in the World Series defeat to the Milwaukee Braves.

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Later life

After the conclusion of his baseball career, Byrne returned to Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he had attended college (although the college had since relocated to Winston-Salem). Prior to the 1963 season, he joined the New York Mets organization as a minor league scout. When Clyde McCullough was promoted to the Mets as a coach, Byrne took over the manager's job for the Raleigh Mets of the Carolina League. He managed the team from July 29 through the end of the season. [2]

Wake Forest, North Carolina Town in North Carolina, United States

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Byrne later became mayor of Wake Forest from 1973 through 1987. . He died on December 20, 2007 at age 87 in Wake Forest, North Carolina, eleven days before his 88th birthday. [3]

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  1. Hoch, Bryan. "Former Yankee Byrne dies at 87". Retrieved 2007-12-22.
  2. The Sporting News, August 10, 1963, page 41. "Tommy Byrne Takes Raleigh Reins in Managerial Debut."
  3. Richard Goldstein (2007-12-23). "Tommy Byrne, 87, a Former Yankee Pitcher, Dies". The New York Times . Retrieved 2007-12-23.