Virgil Trucks

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Virgil Trucks from a 1956 Topps baseball card
Virgil Trucks from a 1956 Topps baseball card

From Former major league pitcher Virgil ‘Fire’ Trucks of Calera dead at 95

This story originally aired March 31, 2011

With the baseball season beginning this week, we want to take you back 70 years and introduce you to Birmingham native Virgil “Fire” Oliver Trucks. He pitched mostly for the Detroit Tigers in the 1940’s and 50’s in an era where Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle dominated the game. Trucks is not a household name, but he’s one of only a few players to throw two no-hitters in a single season. WBHM’s Michael Krall recently visited Trucks at his home just south of Birmingham. As he found out, it’s a career filled with accomplishments, oddities, and being in the right place at the right time…

Virgil Trucks’ Wikipedia entry and career statistics.

Michael Krall

Program Director