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Lew Burdette
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Baseball Player
    (November 22, 1926-February 6, 2007)
    Born in Nitro, West Virginia
    Birth name was Selva Lewis Burdette, Jr.
    Pitched for the New York Yankees (1950), Boston/Milwaukee Braves (1951-63), St. Louis Cardinals (1963-64), Chicago Cubs (1964-65), Philadelphia Phillies (1965) and California Angels (1966-67)
    Career win-loss record of 203-144
    Lifetime ERA of 3.66
    Total of 1,074 strikeouts
    Right handed
    Don Hoak said, ‘Only once did I ever see water fly off a spitball, and the man who threw me the pitch was Burdette.’
    Sportswriter Red Smith said he needed three columns for Burdette’s pitching record: won, lost and relative humidity.
    In the 1958 World Series, he had chances to close out the championship in Games 5 and 7, but lost both.
    At the height of his fame, he cut a record called ‘Three Strikes and You’re Out.’
    He was named MVP of the 1957 World Series after winning Games 2, 5 and 7.
    He was the first pitcher since 1905 to throw two shutouts in a World Series.
    He twice led the National League in shutouts (1956,59).
    Bud Selig said, ‘He was a tremendous competitor. He pitched in pain. He pitched to win.’

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