Selva Lewis Burdette Jr.
Born: Nov. 22, 1926 in Nitro, NY
Died: Feb. 6, 2007 in Winter Garden, FL
Debut: 1950 | Pos: P
H: 6'2" | W: 190 | B: R | T: R
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Lew Burdette, the MVP of the 1957 World Series, died Feb. 6, 2007 in Winter Garden, Fla. According to reports, he had been ill for an extended period of time with cancer. He was 80.
His career pitching statistics included a 203-144 record, 31 saves, 1,074 strikeouts and a 3.66 ERA in 3,067.1 innings pitched. He won 20 games in 1958 and 21 in 1959 -- both seasons with the Milwaukee Braves.
He hit .183 in his career, but had 12 home runs and 75 RBI. His best season came in 1958 when he hit .242 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 99 at-bats. He hit a home run in the 1958 World Series. Two of his career home runs came off Sandy Koufax.
In the 1957 World Series, Burdette went 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA in three complete games. The Milwaukee Braves beat the New York Yankees and Burdette was named MVP.
His career began with the Yankees in 1950, but he was traded to the Boston Braves for Johnny Sain in August 1951. He stayed with the Braves until he was traded to the Cardinals in June 1964 for Gene Oliver and Bob Sadowski.
His career moments also include a no-hitter against the Phillies on Aug. 18, 1960. He was also the winning pitcher in a the game in which Harvey Haddix lost a perfect game in the 13th inning and Burdette pitched all 13 innings.