McCovey played for the Danville Leafs (Danville, VA) of the Carolina League in 1956 at age 18, hitting .310 with 29 HR.
In 1943, Elmer would win 21 games for the Reds, which tied him for the Major League lead. For Riddle’s 19th win of the ’43 season, he took a perfect game into the 8th inning against the Pirates, retiring the first 22 batters.
The game on July 30, 1973 in Oakland Coliseum featured a matchup of the Rangers with rookie pitcher Jim Bibby versus the dynasty-in-making Oakland A’s with their star pitcher Vida Blue.
Slaughter would be selected to 10 consecutive All-Star Games from 1941-1953.
His rookie year in the Majors with the Giants in 1945, Lockman hit .341 in 32 games and earned the nickname “Whitey” due to his blond hair.
Hoyt went 15-3 his rookie year, leading the NL in games (71), winning percentage (.833) and ERA (2.43).