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Selva Lewis Burdette, 1926-2007
2007-02-06 17:12
by Bob Timmermann

Lou Burdette, born Selva Lewis Burdette on November 22, 1926 in Nitro, West Virginia, passed away in Winter Garden, Florida Tuesday at the age of 80.

Burdette pitched in 18 major league seasons, most of them with the Braves, but also with the Yankees, Cardinals, Cubs, Phillies, and Angels. Burdette's shining moment came in the 1957 World Series when he won three games to the lead the Milwaukee Braves to their only championship. Burdette threw two shutouts against the Yankees in that series.

The linked article spells Burdette's first name as "Lou" although that was not used during his playing days. Most references use "Lew." But the story explains:

Burdette's family said Tuesday that "Lou" was the spelling of choice and would be placed that way on his gravesite.

See this signed photo also.

Burdette threw a no-hitter in 1960 and was the winning pitcher in Harvey Haddix's imperfect perfect game in 1959.

2007-02-06 17:58:29
1.   Sam DC
Obviously we needle you a certain bit for The Griddle's dark side, but thanks for passing on these reminders of the long story of the game, so much of which I've forgotten, and so much more I've never really known.
2007-02-06 18:08:33
2.   Bob Timmermann
It does seem a bit eerie that so many people are passing away right now.
2007-02-06 18:19:36
3.   Greg Brock
I'm pretty sure Bob knows we all revere him, much like Hindus and cows.

You're like a funny cow, Bob.

2007-02-06 18:21:58
4.   Bob Timmermann
My father worshipped cows.

But he used to be a dairy farmer.

2007-02-06 18:28:42
5.   das411
2 - It's only eerie because we don't notice it when it does not happen...

Farewell, Mr. Burdette. Another link to the pre-Atlanta Braves is gone...and did anybody else know there existed a Nitro, West Virginia??

2007-02-06 18:38:31
6.   Bob Timmermann
Nitro is about halfway between Charleston (the state capital) and Huntington (home of Marshall University) along I-64.

From checking a map of West Virginia, there does not appear to be a straight highway anywhere in the state. Everything curves.

I-70 through Wheeling in the northern tip of the state is relatively straight. That's one of two cities I've visited in West Virigina, the other being Harper's Ferry.

2007-02-06 18:41:36
7.   Greg Brock
So, you're a treaty guy and a raid guy?
2007-02-06 18:44:53
8.   Bob Timmermann
I went to Harper's Ferry AND Gettysburg on the same ride! I was driving from Washington, DC to Hartford, CT.

It was a long drive.

2007-02-06 18:45:56
9.   Bob Timmermann
And my friend and I only stopped in Wheeling to get gas. I think West Virginia's prices were lower than Ohio's or Pennsylvania's.

And of course, Wheeling is where Joe McCarthy made his bones.

2007-02-06 18:54:04
10.   ToyCannon
When I was 11 years old a fish swam right up to me on the bank of the river while our class was doing a field trip to Harpers Ferry. I didn't know what to do with him so I threw him back in the water. It was kind of freaky.
2007-02-06 19:15:59
11.   Bob Timmermann
Swim in your hand and release. That's the way it's supposed to be!

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