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Tigers History Lesson
On this Date in Tigers History
- 2005 – Earl Wilson, died in Southfield at the age of 70. In 1962, he became the first African-American pitcher in major-league history to throw a no-hitter when he blanked the Angels 2-0 on June 22 at Fenway Park.
In 1967, his first full season in Detroit, he led the A.L. with 22 wins. In his 11 seasons with Boston, Detroit and San Diego, Wilson went 121-109 with a 3.69 ERA. For the Tigers he worse number 16.
Not only was he a reliable starter, but he offered Mayo Smith some surprising punch from the bottom of the order: Wilson hit 35 homers and drove in 111 runs over his career.