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Born: Aug 24, 1932
A competent pitcher who enjoyed only modest success as a starter, Hal Woodeshick became a quality reliever in the last five years of his career. Starting out with the Detroit Tigers, he pitched for three American League teams from 1958 to 1961, when his contract was sold to the Houston Colt .45s. It was with Houston that Woodeshick became a solid reliever. Used as a starter in 1962, he was switched to the bullpen in 1963 and responded by posting a 1.97 ERA with 10 saves in 55 relief appearances.
In 1964, Woodeshick led the National League in saves with 23, and then was traded to St. Louis midway through the following season. Although he was stuck behind Joe Hoerner and Nelson Briles in the Cardinals' bullpen he still managed to save 15 games and make 51 appearances.
Woodeshick pitched for the Cardinals for two more years and appeared in the 1967 World Series, pitching one scoreless inning in Game Six. His appearance helped the Cardinals set a record for most pitchers used in a World Series game, with eight. It was also his last appearance on the mound. For his 11 big league seasons, he compiled a 44-62 record with 61 saves and a 3.56 ERA.
Hal lived in Houston most of his life after his retirement and passed away on June 14, 2009 at age 76.
See alsoThe colorful Hal Woodeshick by James Anderson.