50 Facts About Allie Reynolds


Allie Pierce Reynolds was an American Major League Baseball pitcher.

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Allie Reynolds was an All-Star and World Series champion for six seasons.

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Allie Reynolds has received consideration for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, though he has not been elected.

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Allie Reynolds was born on February 10,1917, in Bethany, Oklahoma.

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Allie Reynolds's father was a preacher in the Church of the Nazarene.

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Allie Reynolds's mother was a member of the Muscogee Nation and he became enrolled.

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Allie Reynolds threatened to run away from home if his father wouldn't let him play football; his father relented.

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Allie Reynolds attended Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City, where he starred in American football as a quarterback and running back, and at track and field, where he excelled at the javelin throw and 100-yard dash.

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Allie Reynolds played fast-pitch softball for his father's church team, which did not play on Sundays.

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Allie Reynolds majored in education and graduated with a lifetime certification to teach public school in Oklahoma.

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Iba asked Allie Reynolds to throw batting practice while his pitchers recovered from sore arms.

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Allie Reynolds was drafted by the New York Giants of the National Football League as a halfback.

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Since Allie Reynolds preferred baseball to football, and believed he could earn more money playing baseball, he chose not to sign.

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Allie Reynolds was assigned to the Springfield Indians of the Class-C Middle Atlantic League.

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Allie Reynolds played right field for the Raiders when he wasn't pitching, as roster sizes were reduced to 17 as a result of the Great Depression.

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Allie Reynolds started the 1941 season with the Wilkes-Barre Barons of the Class-A Eastern League, but was demoted to Cedar Rapids after three appearances.

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Allie Reynolds appeared in his first major league game on September 17,1942, making two relief appearances for the Indians that season.

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Allie Reynolds took a pre-enlistment physical, but due to his family and football injuries, he did not enlist in the military and was not eligible to be drafted.

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Allie Reynolds began the 1943 season in the Indians' bullpen, making his first start on June 20.

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Allie Reynolds led the American League in strikeouts in 1943 with 151 and hits allowed per nine innings pitched with 6.

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Allie Reynolds pitched in 139 games for the Indians, starting 100 and finishing 27.

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On October 11,1946, Allie Reynolds was traded to the New York Yankees for second baseman Joe Gordon.

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Allie Reynolds promptly became the Yankees' best pitcher, recording the highest winning percentage in the AL in his first season as a Yankee.

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In 1950, Allie Reynolds won 16 games, even though he pitched with bone chips in his elbow for the entire season.

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Allie Reynolds was resigned to having surgery which would have cost him at least half of the season.

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Allie Reynolds appeared in his first game one week after the season started.

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Allie Reynolds was the first American League pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a season and only the second player to do so in baseball history, after Johnny Vander Meer threw consecutive no-hitters in 1938.

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Allie Reynolds walked four, but "not one Boston batter seemed close to getting a hit".

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Allie Reynolds played in the MLB All-Star Games of 1949,50,52,53, and 54.

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Allie Reynolds made six relief appearances in the World Series, recording a win or save in each of them, including the clinching games of the 1950,1952 and 1953 series.

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Allie Reynolds won the Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of the year in 1951.

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Allie Reynolds was voted the Player Of Year in 1951 by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, and finished third in voting for the AL Most Valuable Player Award, behind Berra and Ned Garver of the St Louis Browns.

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Allie Reynolds suffered a back injury when the Yankees' charter bus crashed into an overpass in Philadelphia during the 1953 season.

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Allie Reynolds retired after the following season as a result of the injury.

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Brown notes that Allie Reynolds was not comfortable with the nickname because of the importance of the 'chief' title.

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Allie Reynolds was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

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In 1993, Allie Reynolds received the Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jim Thorpe Association.

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Allie Reynolds was named as one of the ten former players that began their careers before 1943 to be considered by the Hall of Fame's Veterans Committee for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Allie Reynolds received eight votes, one shy of the nine votes required for election.

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Allie Reynolds was on the new Golden Era Committee ballot in 2011 for 2012, receiving fewer than three votes.

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Rob Neyer, in evaluating Allie Reynolds' candidacy, believes Allie Reynolds was "probably as good" as Jesse Haines, Lefty Gomez and Waite Hoyt, who have all been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Allie Reynolds became a successful oil businessman after his playing career.

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Allie Reynolds began investing in oil wells during his playing career.

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Allie Reynolds served as the American League player representative in the negotiations with owners to create the players' pension plan.

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Allie Reynolds later sued administrators of the pension plan in federal court for "whittling away" the rights of retired players.

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Allie Reynolds served as president until 1971, when he resigned to spend more time with his family and due to competing business interests.

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Allie Reynolds was the President of the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians in Anadarko, Oklahoma, from 1978 until his death.

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Allie Reynolds was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1991.

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Allie Reynolds died in Oklahoma City due to complications of lymphoma and diabetes.

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Allie Reynolds was survived by a son, a daughter, eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

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