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“King” Carl Hubbell, NY Giants 1928-43, Surprised Hall of Famer

HomeRadio Baseball Cards“King” Carl Hubbell, NY Giants 1928-43, Surprised Hall of Famer

“King” Carl Hubbell played his entire career for the New York Giants from 1928-1943. This interview, recorded during Giants’ 1987 Spring Training, features Hubbell talking about his first game in the Major Leagues and being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Nicknamed “King Carl” by the fans and “The Meal Ticket” by his teammates, Carl Hubbell played his entire career for the New York Giants between 1928-1943. With a slow delivery of his devastating screwball, Hubbell recorded five consecutive 20-win seasons for the Giants (1933-37), and helped his team to three NL pennants and the 1933 World Series title.

In the 1934 All-Star game played at the Polo Grounds, Hubbell set a record by striking out in succession five batters destined for Cooperstown: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin. For the 50th anniversary of this legendary performance, Hubbell was on hand at the 1984 All-Star Game at the Giants’ Candlestick Park in San Francisco to throw out the first pitch (a screwball of course).

Hubbell died due to injuries sustained in an auto accident in Scottsdale, Arizona at 85 years of age in 1988.

This interview, recorded during the Giants’ 1987 Spring Training camp, features Hubbell talking about his first game in the Major Leagues and being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Carl Hubbell
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Pitcher
Born: June 22, 1903
Carthage, Missouri
Died: November 21, 1988 (aged 85)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
July 26, 1928, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
August 24, 1943, for the New York Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 253–154
Earned run average 2.98
Strikeouts 1,677
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Inducted 1947
Vote 87% (third ballot)

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