A former pro-baseball pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, and St. Louis Cardinals during his sports career sadly passed away recently. Tracy Stallard was 80 years old at the time of his death.
He is most famously known for his pitch that led Yankee’s player Roger Maris to break the record of most home runs in a season. Before Maris hit his 61st home run in 1961, Babe Ruth held the record with 60 since 1927, reported the New York Times.
However, the Times also pointed out that he wasn’t ashamed of what happened; he said, “I’d rather he hit the homer off me than I walk him...I don’t have any shame at all. I lost the game.”
Stallard believes that pitch is what made a name for himself. Years later, he stated, “I’m glad it happened...I’m happy for Roger and I’m happy for me. If it weren’t for that home run...You’d never hear about me.”
He retired from the MLB after his last season with the Cardinals in 1966, went back to the minors, then owned a coal business.
A cause of death was not given, so it is expected that he passed from natural causes.
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association released a statement shortly after his death, saying they were “saddened” to learn of the news.
Others also took to social media to express their love for Stallard and send their condolences to his loved ones.
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