Tuesday, June 26, 2012

June 26

1956 Topps #262 - Howie Pollet

On this day in 1921, pitcher Howie Pollet was born.

After Howie was released by the Chicago Cubs after the 1955 season, he strolled south to the White Sox for the 1956 season. Pollet managed to obtain a 3-1 record with a 4.10 ERA during eleven games with the South Siders. He started four games, finished one and pitched twenty-six and a third innings before being released for good on July 13, 1956.

Pollet was a former teammate of ChiSox manager Marty Marion, so he was given a tryout during spring training. He was released in May, but re-signed shortly after when the Sox traded two pitchers. Howie was well over the hill in his career by that point and when the Sox could do well without his presence, Pollet was finally released. The Pirates came calling almost immediately and Howie was signed two days later, but the writing was on the wall. Pollet did not play in the MLB after the 1956 season.

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