Virgil Trucks, the oldest living Yankee, passed away at age 95

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Sad news today. Right-hander Virgil Trucks, who was the oldest living Yankee, passed away at age 95 today according to the team. Right-hander Rugger Ardizoia is believed the oldest living Yankee at 93.

Trucks only spent half-a-season in New York, going 2-1 with a 4.54 ERA in 39.2 relief innings in 1958, his final season as a big leaguer. He spent the majority of his career with the Tigers, pitching to a 3.50 ERA in just over 1,800 innings for Detroit from 1941-1952. Trucks also suited up for the Browns, the White Sox, and the Athletics. He is most famous for throwing not one, but two no-hitters during the 1952 season.

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  • RetroRob

    Didn’t even realize he was still alive. 95 is a good run.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    That’s too bad. RIP

  • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

    One of my early favorite baseball names, RIP.

    1959 Topps

  • Nsalem

    One of the no hitters was against the Yankees. From a very musical family. RIP

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    His great grandson is one of my favorite guitar players.

    • Dexter

      He is the great grand UNCLE of Derek Trucks the worlds best living guitar player. Just Saying! And of course the grand uncle of Butch Trucks

    • Horace Clarke

      He is the great UNCLE not grandson of Derek Trucks the greatest living guitar player! Just Saying!

  • Bulldog’s Greenies

    Worth nothing that the new oldest Yank, Rugger Ardizoia (born in Italy in 1919) pitched in ONE game for the ’47 Yanks, and it was the beginning and ending of his MLB career. 4/30/’47, Yanks got shellacked by the Browns in St. Louis 15-5 despite a triple from the Scooter. DiMag, Berra, and Keller all went 0-4, and Allie Reynolds (3 IP, 7 runs) and Joe Page (0 IP, 4 runs) both got shellacked. Ardizoia threw a shutout 7th and allowed 2 runs in the 8th, for a career 9.00 ERA.

    • Jimmy

      I wonder how the comments thread looked after that game?

  • Adam

    Surprised the Yanks didnt try to sign him given his age and how he would fit in on the current team.

    • ClusterDuck

      Not to defend the practice of signing old ballplayers, but Trucks did first play for the Yanks at the age of 41.

      And that was the 1958 Yanks.

  • http://www.expopharm.com/myshop/ Mike Clarke

    He will be remembered for his great contribution.RIP

  • http://Riveraveblues Wendy Trucks

    He loved his fans <3