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Billy Loes
Pitcher
Born: December 13, 1929 (1929-12-13) (age 80)
Long Island City, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
May 18, 1950 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 14, 1961 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
Win-Loss     80-63
Earned run average     3.89
Strikeouts     645
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 1955 World Series Championship
  • National League Pennants: 1952, 1953, 1955
  • 1957 American League All-Star

William Loes (born December 13, 1929 in Long Island City, Queens) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1950 through 1961, Loes played for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1950, 1952-56), Baltimore Orioles (1956-59) and San Francisco Giants (1960-61). He batted and threw right-handed.

In an 11-season career, Loes posted an 80-63 record with 645 strikeouts and a 3.89 ERA in 1190.1 innings pitched. He made the American League All-Star team in 1957.

The book Carl Erskine's Tales from the Dodgers Dugout: Extra Innings (2004) includes short stories from former Dodger pitcher and teammate Carl Erskine. Loes is prominent in many of these stories.

Among Major League Baseball's video archives is a television broadcast of the sixth game of the 1952 World Series, of which Loes was one of the starting pitchers. During the game, announcer Red Barber states that Loes was the son of Greek immigrants who had changed his last name. Further, says Barber, Loes would not tell Barber what his original last name was because (according to Loes) Barber would be unable to pronounce, spell or remember that name.

Loes holds a unique distinction, having witnessed, as a player involved in the game, four players hitting four home runs in a single game. When Brooklyn's Gil Hodges hit four homers in a single game in 1950 he had just been called up to the Dodgers; when the Braves' Joe Adcock hit four against Brooklyn in 1954, Loes was still with the Dodgers; when Cleveland's Rocky Colavito hit four against Baltimore in 1959, Loes was with the Orioles; and when Willie Mays hit four four-baggers in 1961 against the Braves, Loes was a teammate on the Giants. He was in the ballpark - as a player - when Hodges, Adcock, Colavito and Mays all hit four home runs in a single game!

Loes also famously said that he didn't want to be a 20-game winner, "Because then I'd be expected to do it every year."[1] His career high in wins came in 1953, when he went 14-8 for the pennant-winning Dodgers.

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