Willis, Vic

Victor Gazaway Willis
Born: April 12, 1876, Cecil County, Maryland
Died: August 3, 1947, Elkton, Maryland
Played For: 
Boston Beaneaters (1898-1905), Pittsburgh Pirates (1906-1909), St. Louis Cardinals (1910)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1995

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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Did You Know: 
that for pitchers since 1900, Vic Willis still holds two incongruous National League records: most complete games in a season (45 in 1902) and most losses in a season (29 in 1905)?
Willis has speed and the most elusive curves. His 'drop' is so wonderful that, if anyone hits it, it is generally considered a fluke.
Boston Sunday Journal