Tigers’ great Virgil Trucks dies Saturday at 95

Virgil (Fire) Trucks pitched 17 seasons in the majors, returned from World War II in time to win Game 2 of the 1945 World Series for the Tigers and twice pitched in the All-Star Game.

But he has a place in baseball history because of a season in which he went 5-19 with a 3.97 ERA. Why? Two of Trucks’ victories were no-hitters, and only five players have pitched two no-nos in the same year. Plus, Trucks nearly had a third no-hitter.

Trucks, a month shy of his 96th birthday, died Saturday after a brief stay in a hospital near his home in Calera, Ala. He was the oldest-living Tiger and eighth-oldest major leaguer. He will be buried Thursday with military honors at Alabama National Cemetery.

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