Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser, the only pitcher to win consecutive most-valuable-player awards, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 77.
A native of Detroit, Newhouser pitched for his hometown Tigers from 1939-53 and led them to a World Series championship over the Chicago Cubs in 1945. In the decisive seventh game, he pitched a complete game.
Newhouser was the American League’s MVP after going 29-9 in 1944. He won the honor again in 1945 when he was 25-9 with eight shutouts.
Newhouser, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992, was on seven All-Star teams, led the AL in wins four times and in strikeouts and earned-run averages twice.
After spending the final two years of his career with Cleveland, Newhouser retired in 1955 with a 207-150 record and 3.02 ERA.
In July 1997, he became the only pitcher to have his uniform number (16) retired by the Tigers.