November 16, 1930 |
|April 21, 1953 for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 25, 1964 for the Los Angeles Angels|
|Earned run average||4.14|
|Career highlights and awards|
During his eleven-year career, he played with the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, posting a record of 86-87 with a 4.14 ERA. He was a regular, and effective, starter for the Tigers for four solid years, 1956 through 1959, during which he was among the top ten pitchers in the American League in fewest hits allowed per nine innings three times, and also top ten in innings pitched (three times), strike-outs (three times), complete games (twice), and fewest walks per nine innings (once). In 1959, he led the American League in games started in with 37.
His production dropped off in the 1960s, and on June 15, 1963 he was traded by the Detroit Tigers with Frank Kostro to the Los Angeles Angels for George Thomas and minor league player to be named later.
A month and a half later, on July 31, 1963, during the sixth inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians, Foytack became the first pitcher to give up home runs to four consecutive batters. He was the only pitcher to achieve this feat until New York Yankees rookie pitcher Chase Wright gave up four consecutive home runs to the Boston Red Sox on April 22, 2007.