Stover McIlwain

Stover William McIlwain (September 22, 1939 – January 15, 1966), nicknamed "Smokey," was an American professional baseball player. A right-handed pitcher, he appeared in two games for the 1957–58 Chicago White Sox, making his Major League debut just three days after his 18th birthday. The native of Savannah, Georgia, batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 4 inches (1.9 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg). He attended J. M. Tate High School in Gonzalez, Florida.

In McIlwain's two MLB games, one each in September 1957 and 1958, he pitched five full innings, did not record a win or a loss, and gave up one earned run and six hits, with four strikeouts and one base on balls. His earned run average was 1.80. His minor league pitching career, all in the White Sox farm system, extended from 1957 through 1963, with 1961–62 spent in military service.

McIlwain died in Buffalo, New York, from cancer at the age of 26 and was interred in Spruell Memorial Cemetery, Cantonment, Florida.

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