Victory Gazaway Willis
Born: April 12, 1876 in Cecil County, Maryland
Died: August 3, 1947 in Elkton, Maryland
Debut: 1898 | Pos: P
Ht: 6'2" | Wt: 185 | B: R | T: R
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Vic Willis pitched in just 13 major league seasons, but he posted 249 career wins, 50 shut outs and an ERA of 2.63. He joined the Hall of Fame in 1995 as a selection of the Veterans Committee.
Willis relied on a sweeping curveball to make his mark in the early years of the league. In 1902, Willis set a National League record with 45 complete games - the most in the league since 1900. Between 1898 and 1910, Willis had eight 20-win seasons.
The blemish on his record came in 1904 and 1905. Willis followed a season in which he lost 25 games with a season in which he lost 29. The 29 losses is an all-time record in the NL and his 54 losses over two-seasons is a record as well. He lost 151 games in the other 11 seasons in his career.