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Willis Hudlin
Born: May 23, 1906(1906-05-23)
Wagoner, Oklahoma
Died: August 5, 2002 (aged 96)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 15, 1926 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
August 31, 1944 for the St. Louis Browns
Career statistics
Pitching Record     158-156
Earned run average     4.41
Strikeouts     677
Career highlights and awards
  • 18 wins in 1927

George Willis Hudlin (May 23, 1906 - August 5, 2002) was born in Wagoner, Oklahoma and was a Major League Baseball pitcher for, most notably, the Cleveland Indians from 1926 to 1940. Hudlin didn't pitch more than 10 games with any other team, although he played with 3 others.

In 1940, Hudlin became one of the few players to compete on 4 different major league teams in the same year (Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns, and the New York Giants). His career statistics include a 158-156 record, with a 4.41 ERA. He had 677 strikeouts in 2613 career innings pitched. Hudlin was the pitcher who gave up Babe Ruth's 500th home run.

His pitch selection included a well-known sinker, a fastball, curveball and a changeup. He occasionally threw sidearm or with an underhand "dip of the wrist," though he threw overhand most often. [1] After Hudlin finished playing in the majors, he was a manager for the minor league Little Rock Travelers.

Hudlin died in Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 96.


  1. ^ The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. Bill James and Rob Neyer. 2004.

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