Virgil Oliver "Fire" Trucks
Class of 1974

Category: Baseball

Born: 8/16/1919
Birthplace: Birmingham, AL

Virgil Oliver Trucks was born in Birmingham, Alabama on August 16, 1919. He played pro baseball in the majors for sixteen years. "Fire" Trucks became a genuine strike-out king. He pitched for Detroit 1941-52 and 1956, St. Louis and Chicago in 1953, Kansas City and New York, 1957. He had a career pitching record of 177 wins, 135 losses (.568) , including 1,532 strike-outs, 1,090 bases on balls. He pitched thirteen and one third innings in the 1945 World Series and was credited with winning one game. He pitched in the 1949 and 1954 All-Star games and won the 1949 game. He resides in Leeds, Alabama.

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