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Duane Pillette Baltimore Orioles First Win Autographed Signed OML Baseball COA DECEASED

Great looking single signed baseball by former Baltimore Orioles pitcher...Duane Pillette.

Duane began his career in 1949 with the New York Yankees.  He played with the Yankees 1949-50, St. Louis Browns 1950-53, Baltimore Orioles 1954-55 and Philadelphia Phillies 1956.  During his career, he played in 202 career games and compiled a 38-66 won/loss record.  Duane registerd 34 complete games, 4 shutouts, 2 saves, 305 K's and a 4.40 ERA in 904.0 innings pitched.  In addition to playing for the eventual 1949 and 1950 World Champion New York Yankees, he was also the first winning pitcher in Baltimore Orioles history on 4/14/54.   Duane signed the sweet spot of this OML Allan H. Selig baseball with a blue ballpoint pen and he also inscribed underneath his name, "First O's Win 4-14-54", to note his accomplishment.  He signed this baseball on June 27, 2009.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia... 

Duane Xavier Pillette [″Dee″] (July 24, 1922 – May 6, 2011) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for four different teams from 1949 through 1956. Listed at 6' 3", 195 lb., Pillette batted and threw right handed. He attended Santa Clara University.[1]

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Duane Pillette came from a second-generation major league pitchers as his father, Herman Pillette, hurled for the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers between the 1917 and 1924 season. Interestingly, Pillette won a career-high 19 games in 1922, the year Duane was born.[2]

Pillette entered the majors in 1949 with the New York Yankees, playing for them for two years. In his rookie season, he posted a 2-4 record and a 4.34 earned run average in 12 games for the World Champion Yankees.[1]

During the 1950 midseason, New York sent Pillette to the St. Louis Browns along with Jim Delsing, Don Johnson, Snuffy Stirnweiss and cash consideration in exchange for Tom Ferrick, Joe Ostrowski and Leo Thomas. In 1951, while pitching for the Browns, Pillette led the American League in losses with 14, joining his father Herm, who also led the league with 19 losses while pitching for the 1923 Tigers.[1][2]

Pillette pitched for the Browns until 1953, and was part of the Orioles from 1954 to 1955 after the franchise moved to Baltimore, Maryland. He has the distinction of being the last starting pitcher in the final Browns game, suffering the loss in an eleven-inning pitching duel against Billy Pierce and the Chicago White Sox, when Minnie Miñoso knocked in the winning run in the top of the eleventh in a 2–1 game. Then, in 1954 he became the first winning pitcher in Orioles history after throwing a complete game, 3–2 victory against the Detroit Tigers.[1][3][4]

He opened 1956 with the Buffalo Bisons of the International League, being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies late in the season. After that, he pitched in the minors until 1960.[5]

Pillette was a long time resident of San Jose, California, where he died at the age of 88.[6]at you see is what you get...this is the actual baseball that you are bidding on.

Lifetime guarantee in regards to this autographed baseball which also comes with a COA from Gearhart Enterprises, Inc. Member of the UACC. UACC Registered Dealer #RD189.