Mar
25

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.

Categories : Asides, Days of Yore

13 Comments»

  1. RetroRob says:

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

  2. Matt DiBari says:

    That’s too bad. RIP

  3. Brendan says:

    One of my early favorite baseball names, RIP.

    1959 Topps

  4. Nsalem says:

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

  5. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    His great grandson is one of my favorite guitar players.

    • Dexter says:

      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 says:

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

  6. Bulldog's Greenies says:

    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.

  7. Adam says:

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

    • ClusterDuck says:

      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.

  8. Mike Clarke says:

    He will be remembered for his great contribution.RIP

  9. Wendy Trucks says:

    He loved his fans <3

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