Paul Eugene Foytack (born November 16, 1930 in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher from 1953 to 1964.
During his eleven-year career, he played with the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, posting a record of 86-87 with a 4.14 ERA. He was a regular, and effective, starter for the Tigers for four solid years, 1956 through 1959, during which he was among the top ten pitchers in the American League in fewest hits allowed per nine innings three times, and also top ten in innings pitched (three times), strike-outs (three times), complete games (twice), and fewest walks per nine innings (once). In 1959, he led the American League in games started in with 37.
His production dropped off in the 1960s, and on June 15, 1963 he was traded by the Detroit Tigers with Frank Kostro to the Los Angeles Angels for George Thomas and minor league player to be named later.
A month and a half later, on July 31, 1963, during the sixth inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians, Foytack became the first pitcher to give up home runs to four consecutive batters. He was the only pitcher to achieve this feat until New York Yankees rookie pitcher Chase Wright gave up four consecutive home runs to the Boston Red Sox on April 22, 2007.
On May 15, 1964 he was released by the Los Angeles Angels, ending his major league career. He played one season in Japan in 1965 for the Chunichi Dragons.
- ^ Burdette sensed trade: Foytack delighted to go
- ^ Cleveland raps Paul Foytack for 4 homers in row
- ^ "Historic Breakdown" by Jeff Passan, Yahoo! sports, April 23, 2007
- ^ Angels drop two pitchers
By Dean Hanley
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