Monday, May 9, 2011

Duane Pillette, 88, teammate of Satchel Paige on St. Louis Browns

1954 Bowman Duane Pillette
Duane “Dee” Pillette, 8-year major league veteran pitcher died Friday in San Jose, Ca. at the age of 88. Pillette broke into the majors with the New York Yankees in 1949, pitching until 1956 with the St. Louis Browns, Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies. He compiled a 38-66 record, leading the American League in losses in 1951 for the cellar dwelling Browns.

Pillette was the son of former major league pitcher Herman Pillette, who spent four of his 26 professional seasons in the major leagues with the Reds and Tigers. The elder Pillette pitched until he was 48 in the Pacific Coast League.

Click here to read a full interview with Pillette, including his thoughts on his legendary teammate, Satchel Paige.

1 comment:

  1. Duane was a great guy. I was lucky enough to exchange several letters with him over the years. He loved sharing his stories with baseball fans and bragging about his pops. He will be missed.