Willard Nixon

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Willard Nixon
Willard Nixon 1953.jpg
Nixon in 1953.
Pitcher
Born: (1928-07-17)July 17, 1928
Taylorsville, Georgia
Died: December 10, 2000(2000-12-10) (aged 72)
Rome, Georgia
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 7, 1950 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 4, 1958 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Win–loss record 69-72
Earned run average 4.39
Strikeouts 616
Teams

Willard Lee Nixon (June 17, 1928 – December 10, 2000) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Boston Red Sox between 1950 and 1958. Listed at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m),195 lb., Nixon batted left-handed and threw right-handed.

A native of Taylorsville, Georgia, Nixon was signed by the Red Sox as a free agent out of the Auburn University. In a nine-season career, he posted a 69–72 record with a 4.39 ERA and 616 strikeouts in 225 appearances, including 177 starts, 51 complete games, nine shutouts, three saves, and 1234.0 innings pitched.

Nixon had a 12-10 mark with the 1955 Red Sox. Four of those wins came at the expense of the New York Yankees. From 1954 to 1955, Nixon beat the Yankees five straight times.

Nixon died in Rome, Georgia, at age 72.

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