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Frank Hiller

Baseball (Inducted: 1981-82)


Frank  Hiller

Frank Hiller used a brilliant high school and college pitching record as a springboard to 12 professional baseball seasons, the longest professional status of any Lafayette College alumnus. He was undefeated at Irvington (NJ) High School and compiled a 22-2 record at Lafayette before being signed into the professional ranks by the New York Yankees.

He had also been the interest of the Philadelphia Athletics. Bucky Harris, manager of the Athletics in 1943 remarked, "I like the boy because he has intestinal fortitude, the most important thing for a pitcher to have next to a steel arm." After several seasons in the minor leagues, Hiller made his first major league appearance for the Yankees in 1946. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1950 and welcomed the trade by turning in his best major league season. He posted a 12-5 record with a 3.53 earned run average while appearing in 38 games. That same year, and again in 1951, he won complete nine-inning games while facing the minimum of batters (27), but did not pitch a no-hitter. This is believed to be a major league record. In 1952, Hiller was traded to the Cincinnati Reds and he concluded his big league career with the New York Giants in 1953. He retired after pitching for the San Francisco Seals of the Giants minor league system in 1954. In five full and two partial big league seasons, Hiller pitched in 138 games with a record of 30-32.