Hal Newhouser

Hal Newhouser

About Hal Newhouser

Harold 'Prince Hal' Newhouser (May 20, 1921 November 10, 1998) was an American pitcher for Major League Baseball who played 17 seasons from 1939 to 1955, mostly with the Detroit Tigers of the American League. Newhouser was considered to be the most dominating pitcher of the World War II era of baseball, winning a pitcher's triple crown for the Tigers in 1945. Newhouser was a schoolboy star at Wilbur Wright High School in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1939 at the age of 18. He made his debut on September 29 of that year. In 1940, he earned a spot on the Tigers out of spring training and remained with the team until 1953. In his first two full big-league seasons, the young left-hander was plagued with control problems, walking more batters than he struck out while posting records of 99 and 911. He improved in 1942 and 1943, posting excellent ERAs, but still losing more than he won on a team with a weak offense.

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