Selva Lewis Burdette
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 180 lb.
Born: November 22, 1926 in Nitro, WV
School: University of Richmond (Richmond, VA)
MLB Debut: September 26, 1950 New York Yankees
Final MLB Game: July 16, 1967 California Angels
Died: February 6, 2007 in Winter Garden, FL
Years with the Angels: 1966-1967
November 29, 1965: Signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels.
September 23, 1967: Released by the California Angels.
Entered the game as a reliever to Marcelino Lopez with two outs and a man on second in the bottom of the 8th inning trailing 3-1 and the first batter he faced, John Romano (per retrosheet) "made an out to third" (whatever that means). In the 9th Burdette got two quick outs, gave up a single, then got a force out to finish the inning. The Angels failed to score in the bottom of the ninth losing 3-1 to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, April 19, 1966 (N) at Anaheim Stadium.
In 98 innings over 73 games went 8-2, 3.67 ERA. Credited with 6 saves.
Best Angels Performance:
Pitched 4 innings of no-hit ball in relief of Jim McGlothlin and got the win in a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, June 15, 1966 (N) at Metropolitan Stadium.
Final Angels Game:
Threw 1 inning of scoreless, hitless relief in a 5-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, July 16, 1967 (D) at Metropolitan Stadium.
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS:
- Originally signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1947.
- Also played for the Yankees (1950); Boston Braves (51-52); Milwaukee Braves (53-63); Cardinals (63-64); Cubs (64-65); Phillies (65).
- Pitched in the 1957 (W) and 1958 (L) World Series with Milwaukee.
- Threw 3 complete game victories in 1957 World Series.
- Was named 1957 World Series MVP.
- No-Hit the Phillies on August 18, 1960.
- 2-time NL All-Star (1957 & 1959).
- NL ERA Leader (1956).
- NL Wins Leader (1959).
- NL Complete Games Leader (1960).
- 2-time NL Shutouts Leader (1956 & 1959).
- 20 Wins Seasons: 2 (1958 & 1959).
- Hit 12 home runs in his career.
- Hit 2 home runs in a game twice.