Although he only once won as many as six games and never pitched more than 95 innings
in a season, Byerly put in parts of 11 seasons in the majors. His top year came at
age 36 when he was 6-6 with six saves for the 1957 Senators.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 21, 1952: After leadoff batter Billy Cox grounds out against Ewell Blackwell, the Whip loses his snap. The Dodgers then score 15 runs in the first inning as a record 19 consecutive batters reach 1B. Captain Pee Wee Reese walks twice in reaching base safely three times. Andy Pafko is thrown out trying to steal 3B, and Duke Snider mercifully strikes out to end the barrage against the Reds. The Dodgers score 15 runs on 15 RBIs in the frame, and coast at home, 19–1. Winning pitcher Chris Van Cuyk has the most hits with four—two in the first inning off Bud Byerly and Frank Smith, while Bobby Morgan has a pair of two-run homers and Snider another two-run homer. The Reds lone run is a homer by reserve catcher Dixie Howell.
»May 30, 1952:
In front of 35,999 at Wrigley, Big Bob Rush shuts out the Reds on two hits and the Cubs light up Bud Byerly and Joe Nuxhall for 15 hits and 11 runs. Dee Fondy has a double and triple to drive home three runs. Rush walks none while striking out ten and has now pitched 29 straight scoreless innings.