Ted Wilks, St Louis Cardinals Pitcher RH - one of the top relievers in the game during the late 1940s... Pitched in two World Series 1944 and 1946
Chosen by baseballhistorian.com as the 1944 National League Rookie of the Year, Ted Wilks
posted a resounding 17-4 record, and his .810 winning percentage was best in the major leagues.
His pitching played a major role in the Cardinals winning the 1944 NL pennant.
His 2.65 earned run average was fourth best in the NL and he allowed the second fewest hits, 7.51 in the NL, 173 hits in 207.1 innings. In this season he posted career highs in complete games, 16 of 21 starts, in innings pitched with 207.1. In the World Series versus the old St Louis Browns Ted Wilks started and was the losing pitcher in Game 3 and pitched the final 3.2 innings of the Series clinching Game 6, enabling the Cardinals to win the City Series. Ted Wilks picked up a save. He
batted twice in the Series but did not get a hit.
After posting a 4-7 record, 2.93 ERA in 1945, he was moved into the Cardinals bullpen and responded by going 6-0 in 36 relief games, also was 2-0 in 4 starts. In the 1946 World Series against the Red Sox, Ted Wilks yielded 2 hits in 1 inning in Game 3.
In 1948 he was 6-6 in 57 games with a 2.62 ERA. In 1949 Ted Wilks fashioned A brilliant 10-3 W/L... and he struck out 37
in 118 innings, in a major league leading 59 games.
Was chosen by baseballhistorian.com as the NL Fireman of the Year in 1948 and 1949.
Traded to Pittsburgh in mid 1951 Ted Wilks led the majors in games with 65 combined with St Louis and Pittsburgh. He finished his 10-year MLB career with the Pirates and then Cleveland in 1953. baseballhistorian.com