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Carl Hubbell
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Baseball Player
    (June 22, 1903-November 21, 1988)
    Born in Carthage, Missouri
    Pitcher for the New York Giants (1928-43)
    Win-loss record: 253-154
    ERA: 2.98
    Nine-time All Star (1933-38,1940-42)
    Two-time MVP (1933,1936)
    Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (1947)
    #11 retired by the Giants
    Nicknamed 'King Carl' and 'the Meal Ticket'
    He developed his trademark screwball by accident while trying to master a sinking fastball.
    He was twice invited to spring training with the Detroit Tigers only to be turned down because pitching coach George McBride and player-manager Ty Cobb felt he relied too much on the screwball (1926-27).
    He threw screwballs so often for so long that his left arm became permanently twisted.
    During the 1934 All Star Game he struck out five future Hall of Famers in a row: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin.
    He pitched an 18-inning shutout without giving up a single walk (July 2, 1933).
    He won a record 24 consecutive games over two seasons (1936-37).
    He was the first MVP elected unanimously (1936).
    He was the first National League player to have his number retired.

Credit: C. Fishel

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