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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Carl Willey, 78, 1931-2009 Pitched For Milwaukee Braves and New York Mets
Former Milwaukee Braves and New York Mets pitcher Carlton "Carl" Willey died July 20, 2009 at the age of 78 in his hometown of Cherryfield, Maine after a long battle with lung cancer. Willey was a member of the 1958 Braves team that won the National League Pennant, and recorded two strikeouts in his only inning of pitching during the World Series against the Yankees. Willey was signed by the Braves in 1951, and missed the 1953 and 1954 seasons due to his service in the Korean War. He rose to prominence in their farm system after earning MVP honors at AAA Wichita in 1957. Willey debuted for the Braves in 1958 and pitched 8 seasons in the Major Leagues before finishing up his career in 1965 with the Mets. After his baseball career, he scouted for the Philadelphia Phillies and ran a house painting business.