James Hoyt Wilhelm
Born: July 26, 1922, Huntersville, North Carolina
Died: August 23, 2002, Sarasota, Florida
New York Giants (1952-1956), St. Louis Cardinals (1957), Cleveland Indians (1957-1958), Baltimore Orioles (1958-1962), Chicago White Sox (1963-1968), California Angels (1969), Atlanta Braves (1969-1970, 1971), Chicago Cubs (1970), Los Angeles Dodgers (1971-1972)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1985
This Day in Baseball History
On May 17, 1973, promising California Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine breaks his leg while trying to climb the wall in an effort to catch a long drive by Dick Green of the Oakland Athletics. The injury will sideline Valentine for the rest of the season and curtail his major league career.