Willis Hudlin

George Willis Hudlin (May 23, 1906 – August 5, 2002) was born in Wagoner, Oklahoma, and was a Major League Baseball pitcher for, most notably, the Cleveland Indians from 1926 to 1940. Hudlin did not pitch more than 10 games with any other team, although he played with three others.

Willis Hudlin
Born: (1906-05-23)May 23, 1906
Wagoner, Oklahoma
Died: August 5, 2002(2002-08-05) (aged 96)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 15, 1926, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
August 31, 1944, for the St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
Win–loss record158–156
Earned run average4.41
Career highlights and awards
  • 18 wins in 1927

In 1940, Hudlin became one of the few players to compete on four different major league teams in the same year (Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, New York Giants, and the St. Louis Browns).

Hudlin's career statistics include a 158–156 record, with a 4.41 ERA. He had 677 strikeouts in 261313 career innings pitched.

Hudlin was the pitcher who gave up Babe Ruth's 500th home run.

Hudlin was a good hitting pitcher in his career, recording a .201 batting average (180-for-894) with 76 runs, 5 home runs, 69 RBI and 52 bases on balls.

Hudlin's pitch selection included a well-known sinker, a fastball, curveball and a changeup. He occasionally threw sidearm or with an underhand "dip of the wrist", though he threw overhand most often.[1]

After Hudlin finished playing in the majors, he was a manager for the minor league Little Rock Travelers and pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers under skippers Jack Tighe, Bill Norman and Jimmy Dykes (1957–59).

Hudlin later became a scout for the New York Yankees, for whom he even scouted his own son, James, who was given a contract to play professionally, but was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. James Hudlin's pitch selection was a knuckleball, slider, curveball, and sinker, as well as a two-seam fastball which topped out at 102 mph (164 km/h).

Willis Hudlin was a member of the Army Air Forces during World War II as a flight instructor.[2][3] He died in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 96, and was interred in Hazelhurst Cemetery, Hazelhursrt, Copiah County, Mississippi.


  1. ^ James, Bill; Neyer, Rob (2004). The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. ISBN 978-0743261586.
  2. ^ "Baseball in Wartime – Those Who Served A to Z". BaseballinWartime.com. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Rice, Stephen V. "Willis Hudlin". sabr.org. Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved November 27, 2019.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Detroit Tigers pitching coach
Succeeded by