Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Braves 1957 Series MVP Lew Burdette dies

Lew Burdette, who attended the University of Richmond and was later the Most Valuable Player of the 1957 World Series -- winning three games as a starting pitcher for the Milwaukee Braves -- died today at the age of 80.

AP reports
: “Burdette started his career with the Yankees and was traded to the Boston Braves for Johnny Sain during the 1951 season. He also spent time with the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and California. The righty led the NL with 21 wins in 1959, ERA (2.70) in 1956 and twice led the league in shutouts. He pitched a no-hitter against the Phillies on Aug. 18, 1960, and was the winning pitcher in a famous game in which Harvey Haddix lost a perfect game in the 13th inning -- Burdette went all 13 innings for the victory.”

“I make my living off the hungriness of the hitter.”
-- Lew Burdette

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