September 14, 1927 |
|April 30, 1955, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 22, 1962, for the New York Mets|
|Earned run average||3.87|
Darius Dutton "Dave" Hillman (born September 14, 1927) is an American former professional baseball player, a pitcher who played in Major League Baseball between the 1955 and 1962 seasons. Listed at 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) and 168 pounds (76 kg), he batted and threw right-handed.
A finesse pitcher with decent control, Hillman did almost everything a hurler is asked to do. He started and filled various relief roles coming out from the bullpen as a closer, middle reliever, and set-up man as well.
He entered the majors in 1955 with the Chicago Cubs, playing for them five years before joining the Boston Red Sox (1960–61), Cincinnati Reds (1962) and New York Mets (1962). In 1956 had a 21–7 record with a 3.38 earned run average while playing most of the season for the PCL Los Angeles Angels.
His most productive Major League season came in 1959 with the Cubs, when he posted career-numbers in appearances (39), wins (8), starts (24), complete games (4), strikeouts (88), and innings pitched (191). On May 6, 1959, at Forbes Field, collected his only big-league shutout against Harvey Haddix and the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3–0, giving up two hits, walking one and striking out two. Strictly a reliever for the 1961 Red Sox, he went 3–2 with a 2.77 ERA in 78 innings and 28 games.
In an eight-season career, Hillman posted a 21–37 record with 296 strikeouts and a 3.87 ERA in 188 games pitched, including 64 starts, eight complete games, one shutout, 42 games finished, three saves, 185 walks, and 624 innings pitched.
Along with his Cubs teammate Jim Marshall, Hillman was part of the very first inter-league trade without waivers in MLB history, when he went to the Boston Red Sox in return for Dick Gernert. The November 21, 1959, transaction was the first during a three-week period of trading permitted by a change in both leagues' rules.
Hillman is the oldest living former player to have played for the New York Mets.
- Retrosheet box score
- "Cubs Swap 2 For Gernert", San Antonio Express and News, November 22, 1959, p C-7