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Virgil Trucks
Born: April 26, 1917 (1917-04-26) (age 92)
Birmingham, Alabama
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 27, 1941 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1958 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Win–Loss record     177–135
Earned run average     3.39
Strikeouts     1,534
Career highlights and awards

Virgil Oliver Trucks (born April 26, 1917) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1941 through 1958, Trucks played for the Detroit Tigers (1941-1943, 1945-1952, 1956), St. Louis Browns (1953), Chicago White Sox (1953-1955), Kansas City Athletics (1958) and New York Yankees (1958). He batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama.



In a 17-season career, Virgil "Fire" Trucks posted a 177-135 record with 1534 strikeouts and a 3.39 ERA in 2682.2 innings pitched. Trucks threw four no-hitters in the minors and still holds the American Baseball strikeouts in a season record of 418 strikeouts (1938). He struck out another 30 batters in the playoffs.

Personal life

Trucks is the uncle of Butch Trucks, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. Trucks' great nephew, Derek, is also currently a member of the Allman Brothers Band and fronts his own band, The Derek Trucks Band. In addition, several of Trucks' other relatives are accomplished musicians.

Best season

  • 1953 - 20-10, 149 SO, 2.93 ERA, including eight straight victories.


  • Twice made American League All-Star team (1949, 1954)
  • Fifth in American League MVP vote (1953, behind Al Rosen, Yogi Berra, Mickey Vernon and Minnie Miñoso)
  • Led AL in strikeouts (1949 [153])
  • Twice led AL in shutouts (1949 [6], 1954 [5])
  • While with the Tigers in 1952, Trucks had a 5-19 record; however, two of those victories were no-hitters, both by a score of 1-0, against the Washington Senators on May 15, and New York Yankees on August 25, joining Johnny Vander Meer, Allie Reynolds and Nolan Ryan as the only major league pitchers to accomplish this feat in a single season
  • During his minor league career, set a record with 418 SO in a single season (1938) and also pitched four no-hitters.
  • Trucks had been out of the Navy less than two weeks before his start in the second game of the 1945 World Series. The leagues waived the rule requiring players to have been on the team's roster by September 1 to qualify for post-season play, because of the circumstances of World War II. He defeated the Cubs in that game.
  • As of 2010, Trucks is the oldest living pitcher to have thrown a Major League no-hitter.

See also


Preceded by
Bob Feller
American League Strikeout Champion
Succeeded by
Bob Lemon


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