Friday, May 7, 2010
This card was obtained at a baseball card show in Knoxville, Tennessee from a dealer who is also compiling an autographed 1967 Topps baseball card set. Bought on October 21, 2008, it was one of the original cards in my collection.
Lou Burdette pitched in major league baseball for 18 seasons from 1950 to 1967. His career started with the New York Yankees and ended with the Angels. He also pitched for the Boston/Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, and the Philadelphia Phillies. His career statistics include 203 wins, a 3.66 earned run average, 1074 strikeouts, 33 shutouts and 31 saves. Lou appeared in two All-Star games (1957 and 1959) and winning one World Series while a member of the Milwaukee Braves in 1957. Lou pitched three complete games and two shutouts in the 1957 World Series and was named the World Series MVP in the victory over the New York Yankees.
Burdette was the winning pitcher on May 26, 1959 when the Pittsburgh Pirates' Harvey Haddix pitched a perfect game against the Braves for 12 innings, only to lose in the 13th. Burdette threw a 1-0 shutout, scattering 12 hits. On August 18, 1960, Lou Burdette pitched his own no-hitter against the Phillies. He missed a perfect game by hitting Tony Gonzalez with a pitch, but faced the minimum 27 batters because Gonzalez was retired by a double play. Lou Burdette was also a good hitter during his career, hitting 12 home runs and batting in 75 runs.
To learn more about Lou or Lew Burdette's career, go to his biography at wikipedia.org.
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