Hoyt Wilhelm​

Inducted: 1968
  • Born in Huntersville, NC, 1923
  • One of baseball’s greatest relief pitchers and master of knuckleball
  • Made big leagues at age 28 and played until age 49, the oldest effective player in major league history
  • Played for nine teams from 1952–1972
  • Spectacular 1952 rookie season with New York Giants, going 15-3 and leading  the NL in winning percentage, games pitched, and earned run average
  • Starter for Baltimore Orioles in late 1950s
  • Led AL in earned run average in 1959
  • Posted a major league career record of 143-122 with 227 saves and earned run average of 2.52
  • Pitched in 1,070 games, the first ever to pitch in more than 1,000 major league games
  • First relief pitcher inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Pitched 1958 no-hitter against New York Yankees for Baltimore
  • Won Purple Heart at Battle of Bulge
  • Died on August 23, 2002