Class of 2006

Born: October 28, 1935 in Birmingham, Alabama

Category: Baseball

Bob Veale played 13 years in the major leagues for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox. He was known as one of the hardest left handed throwers in the majors. He led the National League in strikeouts in 1964 and finished second in 1965 and third in 1966. His career highlights include two key games, one where he struck out 16 batters in nine innings and another where he struck out 16 batters in 12 innings. His lifetime ratio of 7.96 strikeouts per nine innings ranks fifth all-time (1,500-plus innings). He played in two All-Star Games (1965 & 1966). When he retired in 1974, he was the only Pirate pitcher to have 200 strikeouts in a season. His career stats: 120 wins, 95 losses, 20 shutouts with a 3.07 earned run average (ERA). He played on the Pirates team that won the World Series in 1971.