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“I felt like I was ready (in 1951) when the Pirates brought me up,” said Pettit, who – by rule – had to be placed on the major league roster that season. “But I had hurt my arm, and it never really responded.”
He would never return to the big leagues, despite changing his focus from pitching to hitting and posting 102 RBI with Hollywood in 1957.
“I thought I could help the Pirates at that point, but they never called me up,” Pettit said.
He retired following the 1960 PCL season.
“I think if I had known that I wouldn’t have made it as a hitter that I would have tried to stay a pitcher for a little longer,” Pettit said. “I wish they had some of the surgeries then that they do now so they could have worked on my arm.
“But I loved baseball. I was just a regular guy who worked hard.”
Craig Muder is the director of communications at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum