Windy McCall
Windy McCall 1959.jpg
Born: (1925-07-18)July 18, 1925
San Francisco, California
Died: February 5, 2015(2015-02-05) (aged 89)
Tucson, Arizona
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 25, 1948, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
May 5, 1957, for the New York Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record11–15
Earned run average4.22
Innings pitched25313
Career highlights and awards

John William McCall (July 18, 1925 – February 5, 2015) was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1948 through 1957 for the Boston Red Sox (1948–49), Pittsburgh Pirates (1950) and New York Giants (1954–57). Listed at 6 feet (1.83 m) tall and 180 pounds (82 kg), McCall batted and threw left-handed. He was born in San Francisco, California, and studied at the University of San Francisco. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II,[1] serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations, including Iwo Jima and Okinawa.[2]

In a seven-season MLB career, McCall posted an 11–15 record with a 4.22 ERA and 12 saves in 134 appearances, including 15 starts, four complete games, 144 strikeouts, 103 walks, 249 hits allowed, and 25313 innings of work. McCall also pitched for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League from 1951 to 1953. According to the Baseball Register, McCall was nicknamed "Windy" by Red Sox slugger Ted Williams as a young player "because he was always asking about Ted's bats."[citation needed] McCall died on February 5, 2015, but the news of his death did not reach researchers until 2016.[3]


  1. ^ "Baseball in Wartime – Those Who Served A to Z". Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Windy McCall at the SABR Bio Project, by Bill Nowlin, retrieved July 1, 2016
  3. ^ 2016 Boston Red Sox Media Guide, p. 41