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Paul Eugene Foytack (born November 16, 1930) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher from 1953 to 1964.

Paul Foytack
Paul Foytack 1960.jpg
Pitcher
Born: (1930-11-16) November 16, 1930 (age 88)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 1953, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
April 25, 1964, for the Los Angeles Angels
MLB statistics
Win–loss record86–87
Earned run average4.14
Strikeouts827
Teams

During his eleven-year career, he played with the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, posting a record of 86-87 with a 4.14 ERA. He was a regular, and effective, starter for the Tigers for four solid years, 1956 through 1959, during which he was among the top ten pitchers in the American League in fewest hits allowed per nine innings three times, and also top ten in innings pitched (three times), strike-outs (three times), complete games (twice), and fewest walks per nine innings (once). In 1959, he led the American League in games started in with 37.

His production dropped off in the 1960s, and on June 15, 1963 he was traded by the Detroit Tigers with Frank Kostro to the Los Angeles Angels for George Thomas and minor league player to be named later.[1]

A month and a half later, on July 31, 1963, during the sixth inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians, Foytack became the first pitcher to give up home runs to four consecutive batters.[2] He was the only pitcher to achieve this feat until New York Yankees rookie pitcher Chase Wright gave up four consecutive home runs to the Boston Red Sox on April 22, 2007.[3]

On May 15, 1964 he was released by the Los Angeles Angels, ending his major league career.[4] He played one season in Japan in 1965 for the Chunichi Dragons.

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