Date and Place of Birth: December 1, 1925 Anadarko, Oklahoma
Military Unit: 3rd Infantry Division US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations
McLish – whose full name is Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma
McLish – was born on December 1, 1925 in
Without playing a single game
in the minors, McLish made his major league debut on May 13. Coming
in against the Cardinals with the bases full and a slender lead to
protect, he didn’t quite get the job done (the Dodgers lost, 8-4)
but struck out Danny Litwhiler and showed enough to earn the respect
of his mates and the fans in
From the outset, it was known
that McLish could be called for military service at any time and he
had favored the Navy. However, on August 15, 1944 (with a 3-10
record and 7.82 ERA) McLish left the Dodgers in
McLish served with the 3rd
Infantry Division in
McLish was discharged from
service in August 1946 and returned to the Dodgers for one brief
appearance before the season was over. He was traded to the Pirates
the following season and pitched one game at the major league level
while spending most of the season with
McLish really developed as a
After a four-year hiatus, McLish was back in the major leagues with the Cleveland Indians in 1956 and pitching better than ever. He won 16 games in 1958 and a career-high 19 games in 1959 and was an American League all-star selection. He continued to pitch in the major leagues with the Reds, White Sox and Phillies until 1964. In a career that spanned 15 seasons over three decades, he finished with a 92-92 won-loss record.
Cal McLish later served as a coach with Phillies, Expos and Brewers during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
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