Milt Wilcox

Milton Edward Wilcox (born April 20, 1950 in Honolulu, Hawaii) was a pitcher who had a sixteen-year career from 1970 to 1975, 1977–1986. He played for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs of the National League and the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners of the American League. He won a World Series title with the Tigers in 1984.

On April 15, 1983, Wilcox came within one out of a perfect game, when Chicago White Sox batter Jerry Hairston, Sr. singled off him in the ninth inning. The perfect game would also have been the first no-hitter by a Tiger since Jim Bunning in 1958.

With Detroit, he was a reliable starter in the rotation for years, consistently giving his team six and more innings each start. This complemented Jack Morris and Dan Petry, who were power pitchers and considered the aces. His 17 wins in 1984 were important in the Tigers' run to their world championship. (Morris won 19, Petry 18 that year.) He won one game each in that year's ALCS and World Series. That year, he also started his season going 6-0. This was not duplicated by a Tiger pitcher until 2007, by Jeremy Bonderman.

  1. ^ "Milt Wilcox nearly perfect". The Beaver County Times. 17 April 1983. p. C2. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 

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