*He was inspired to learn the knuckleball by reading about Cubs reliever Dutch Leonard.
*He holds the record for most wins by a relief pitcher (124)
*He also started occasionally during his career, and in 1958 pitched a no-hitter against the Yankees.
*He was once traded for another Hall of Famer (Luis Aparicio).
*He was the first pitcher in history to save 200 games, and the first to appear in 1000 games.
*He was the first relief pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame, in 1985. (Lou Brock was in the same Hall of Fame class)
*It's safe to say that Hoyt had been around the block a few times by the time he pitched for the Cubs in 1970. He's mentioned in this 1952 Newsreel (VIDEO).
Needless to say, Hoyt Wilhelm is NOT wearing a Cubs cap in the Hall of Fame.
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