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Pitcher Harold “Hal” White Dead

April 23, 2001

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) _ Harold ``Hal″ White, who pitched for the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis in the 1940s and 1950s, has died at 82.

White, a native of Utica, died Saturday at a hospital in Venice, Fla., after a stroke while being catheterized, his wife, Lenore, said Monday.

``It’s a shock,″ she said. ``You just don’t believe these things are happening.″

White broke into the majors with the Detroit Tigers in 1941, after a stellar 1940 season with the International League’s Buffalo Bisons, where he compiled a 16-4 record.

In 1942, he had his best year, going 12-12 with a 2.91 ERA. He pitched 336 games in all, most of them with the Tigers, ending with a 46-54 record.

White missed two seasons _ one in 1945 when the Tigers won the World Series _ to serve in the military during World War II.

White went to the St. Louis Browns in 1953 and finished his career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954.

He was one of only five major league pitchers to throw shutout wins in his first two starts.

After he retired, he turned to coaching, scouting and managing. In 1975, he managed the Batavia Trojans of the New York-Penn League.

White was one of 90 old-timers who attended the closing of Tiger Stadium two years ago.

``He cried his tears when they folded up the flag for the last time,″ Lenore White said.

His funeral is Tuesday in Venice, and he will be buried at a national veterans’ cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.

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