Saturday, December 22, 2007

Former Yankee "Wild Bill" Byrne Dies

I did not really know who this guy was because he pitched in the 40's but here is little bit about his career. In a 13-year career, Byrne posted an 85-69 record with a 4.11 ERA in 1362 innings. He earned his nickname "Wild Bill" because of his erratic control. He had a disappointing 0.74 strikeout to walk ratio (766-to-1037). In four World Series, he went 2-2 with 11 strikeouts and a 2.53 ERA in 21.1 innings. He made the American League All Star team in 1950. He played his final regular-season game on September 21, before ending his career in the World Series defeat to the Milwaukee Braves. After baseball Byrne went back to Wake Forest where he went to college. He became mayor of the town and held office from 1973 to 1987. He died on Friday, December 20th in Wake Forest.