Former MLB pitcher, SWVA native Dave Hillman, dies at 95
Dave Hillman, who traveled a unique path from Dungannon, Virginia, to the mounds of Major League Baseball, died Sunday at age 95.
The right-handed pitcher compiled a 21-37 record with three saves and a 3.87 ERA in a 188-game big league career that spanned 1955-62 and featured the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox , the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets. .
“I can’t explain the excitement and the thrill of being there and doing it,” Hillman said in a 2008 interview with the Bristol Herald Courier. “I was lucky.”
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Before his death, Hillman was the longest-serving player for the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds.
His MLB career was memorable as he had a locker next to the legendary Ernie Banks at Wrigley Field, playing for the inaugural New York Mets under Casey Stengel. faced Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers in his MLB debut and struck out 18 men eventually elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, including such icons as Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Stan Musial.
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