April 7, 1907|
|Died: September 8, 1977
|September 8, 1931, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 28, 1940, for the New York Yankees|
|Earned run average||4.35|
|Career highlights and awards|
Hildebrand was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Butler University and was the starting center for the basketball team. He led Butler to the 1929 national collegiate championship, was the captain of the 1930 squad, and is in the Butler Hall of Fame.
Hildebrand broke into the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation in 1933. That season, he went 16–11, led the American League in shutouts with six, and was selected to the All-Star team. He pitched a one-hitter on April 26. From 1934 to 1936, he continued to pitch effectively for the Indians, going 30–28 in those years. Hildebrand also had several public disputes with manager Walter Johnson, which ended when Johnson was fired in 1935.
In 1937, Hildebrand was traded to the Browns in a blockbuster deal. He struggled in two seasons with St. Louis and was then traded again, to the Yankees. In 1939, he went 10–4 with a career-low 3.06 earned run average, helping the Yankees win the AL pennant. He started game 4 of the World Series and pitched four shutout innings, as the Yankees clinched the title.
Hildebrand went back to the minor leagues in 1941 and retired the following year.
Hildebrand died on September 7, 1977, at the age of 70. He was survived by his wife Frances and five children and was buried in the Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
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- List of Cleveland Indians Opening Day starting pitchers
- List of St. Louis Browns Opening Day starting pitchers
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