Vinegar Bend Mizell
Wilmer David Mizell
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Vinegar Bend Mizell, a former major league pitcher and Congressman, died on Feb. 21, 1999 while visiting his wife's family in Texas. He was 68.
He pitched in the major leagues from 1952-1953, 1956-1962, compiling a 90-88 record and a 3.85 ERA in 1,528.2 innings pitched. He pitched for the Cardinals, Pirates and Mets.
In 1959, he finished the season with a 13-10 record in 201.1 innings for the Cardinals. He was named to the All-Star team that season.
On May 7, 1960, the Cardinals traded Mizell, along with Dick Gray, to the Pirates for Julian Javier and Ed Bauta. Mizell pitched to a 13-5 record and a 3.12 ERA as the Pirates went on to defeat the Yankees in the World Series. Mizell did not fare as well in the World Series, pitching 2.1 innings, including a start, and finishing with an 0-1 record and a 15.43 ERA.
From 1968 to 1974, Mizell, a Republican, served as the representative for North Carolina's 5th Congressional District. After losing in the 1974 election, Mizell was appointed by President Gerald Ford as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan picked him as the Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs.