Virgil “Fire” Trucks, who threw two no-hitters for the Detroit Tigers in an otherwise dreadful 1952 season and was the last visiting pitcher to toss a complete-game no-hitter at Yankee Stadium, has died. He was 95.
Charter Funeral Home and Crematory in Calera, Ala., confirmed Trucks’ death but did not release a specific cause.
The two-time All-Star died Saturday near Birmingham, Ala. He pitched in the major leagues from 1941-58.
Trucks is one of five pitchers to throw two no-hitters in a season. The others were Johnny Vander Meer (1938), Allie Reynolds (1951), Nolan Ryan (1973) and Roy Halladay (2010).
Trucks threw his in a year the Tigers lost 104 games. The right-hander went 5-19 with a 3.97 ERA that season, but he held Washington without a hit on May 15 and did the same to the Yankees in New York on Aug. 25.
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