Virgil Trucks Dies; MLB Pitcher Was 95
The Detroit News is reporting that Trucks was admitted to a hospital near his home in Calera, Alabama on March 21 for pneumonia. He died on March 23.
Trucks was born in Alabama and began playing in the minor leagues in 1938. By 1941 he made his debut for the Detroit Tigers, the team with which he would play most of his career. He made the Major League Baseball all-star team twice and during his 1952 season threw two no-hitters. Trucks played for a variety of other teams, including the St. Louis Browns, the Chicago White Sox, and the New York Yankees, the team with which he ended his pitching career in 1958.
After his pitching career in the MLB, Trucks went on to coach baseball. He was part of the coaching staff of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Atlanta Braves, and the Tigers before his retirement in 1974.
The Tigers honored Trucks this week and the organization posted a picture to its twitter account depicting Trucks in his prime: