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Virgil Trucks, 1917-2013

Signed Virgil Trucks baseball card from my collection
Signed Virgil Trucks baseball card from my collection

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Virgil Trucks passed away this weekend. He was 95.

Trucks threw two no-hitters and was a two-time All-Star during a 17-year Major League career.

In recent years, he seemed to genuinely enjoy receiving fan mail and signing autographs for those who were interested in baseball’s earlier days.


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Keep calm (and remember Virgil Trucks’ birthday)

Signed Virgil Trucks baseball card from my collection

I’m not going to panic over last night’s Mets loss (since I didn’t even get to see it.) And while the lineup can’t afford to be without David Wright for any length of time, let’s wait for more definitive word on his fractured pinkie before conjuring visions of disaster.

Virgil Trucks will celebrate his 95th birthday later this month, and his daughter is planning a surprise for him according to Tom Owens who blogs at Baseball By The Letters. She’s asking fans to send birthday cards to her so she can present them to her father.

Trucks was a two-time All-Star and won 177 games during his 17-year career which lasted from 1941-1958. In 1952, he pitched two no-hitters for the Detroit Tigers. He has long been a great autograph signer, who would often include extra items when collectors wrote to him and asked him to sign their cards through the mail.

Let’s hope he gets a big birthday tribute. For more information about how to send birthday cards, visit Baseball By The Letters.

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