Hank Wyse
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Wyse, Baseball Digest
Pitcher
Born: March 1, 1917
Lunsford, Craighead County, Arkansas
Died: October 22, 2000(2000-10-22) (aged 83)
Pryor, Oklahoma
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 1942, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
June 14, 1951, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Win–loss record79–70
Earned run average3.52
Strikeouts362
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Henry Washington Wyse (March 1, 1917 – October 22, 2000) was an American professional baseball pitcher. Between 1942 and 1951, Wyse played in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs (1942–47), Philadelphia Athletics (1950–51) and Washington Senators (1951). A native of Lunsford, Craighead County, Arkansas, he was listed as 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and 185 pounds (84 kg) and he batted and threw right-handed.

Baseball career

A control pitcher, Wyse was a sinkerballer and a curve specialist. Wyse was nicknamed "Hooks" in acknowledgment of his curveball, described by Wyse biographer Gregory Wolf as "knee-buckling". Wyse suffered a spinal injury that kept him from serving in World War II. As a result, he wore a corset at times to pitch.[1]

Wyse debuted for the Chicago Cubs on September 7, 1942, and would remain a Cub thru the 1947 season. Wyse also pitched in the American League with the Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Senators for parts of two seasons, playing his final game in the major leagues on June 14, 1951.

In his eight-season MLB career, Wyse posted a 79–70 won–lost record with a 3.52 ERA, 362 strikeouts, 11 shutouts, eight saves, and 125723 innings in 251 games pitched, 159 as a starter.

1945 Season

His most productive season came in 1945, when he helped the Cubs win the National League pennant after going 22–10 with a 2.68 ERA. During that season he was, for his first and only time, selected as an All-Star[2] and pitched a one-hitter on April 28 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. His potential no-hitter was broken up by Bill Salkeld, who singled in the 8th inning with one out. He would finish seventh in the 1945 National League Most Valuable Player vote.[3]

Wyse would pitch and be credited with a loss in the second game of the World Series. He relieved in Games 6 and 7. Until Jon Lester pitched in the first inning of the 2016 World Series, Wyse was the last Cubs' pitcher to appear in a World Series game. The 1945 World Series would be Wyse's only postseason appearance.

Death

Wyse died in Pryor, Oklahoma, at age 83. He would be posthumously inducted into the Texas League Hall of Fame in 2009.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Wolf, Gregory H. "Hank Wyse". sabr.org. Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "1945 All-Star Rosters". Baseball Almanac. baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  3. ^ "1945 NL MVP Voting". Baseball-Reference. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 21, 2021.