The top pitcher in Lafayette
College history, going 22-2, Hiller was a hot prospect
in the Yankee farm system before he hurt his arm. After surgery, he became the forgotten
man in the New York bullpen. Sold to the Cubs in 1950, he was 12-5 with the help
of a forkball he'd learned from former major leaguer Joe Bush.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 27, 1948: In his ML debut with the Browns, St. Louis native Hank Arft bangs a triple and a home run off Frank Hiller. Arft drives in three runs as the host Browns top New York, 4–0. Tomorrow's cheers of "Arft, Arft" will give Hank his nickname "Bow Wow."
»June 28, 1951: The Cubs Frank Hiller faces just 27 batters in pitching a one-hitter over the Cards, winning 8–0. Enos Slaughter has a fifth-inning single but is erased on a DP. Randy Jackson poles his seventh homer in the seventh and the Cubs pull off a double steal in the ninth when they add four runs. Jack Cusick swipes home, with Hiller stealing third.
»May 10, 1953: Pittsburgh IF Eddie O'Brien and Johnny O'Brien become the first twins to play for the same team in the same game, when Johnny enters the nitecap of a Giants game on defense and Eddie later pinch runs. But the Giants take the twinbill, 4–0, behind Sal Maglie's 3-hitter, and 3–2. In game 2, Jim Hearn comes within two outs of his 13th straight over the Pirates, but falters and Frank Hiller wins in relief. Bobby Hofman's pinch home run in the 9th wins it.
»October 1, 1970:
Detroit P Frank Hiller ties an AL record by striking out seven straight batters and allowing two hits as the Tigers beat Cleveland, 1–0. Throwing his first CG since June of last year, Hiller fans the side in the rd and 4th and strikes out the first batter in the 5th.