Friday, April 25, 2014

April 25, 1951: Poholsky Earns His First W

     On April 25, 1951, rookie hurler Tom Poholsky earned his first major league win in convincing fashion by allowing just two hits in a 4-0 victory over the Pirates at Sportsman's Park. The two hits allowed by the young righty were both singles, before the kid set down the last 19 men he faced. Peanut's Lowery, Don Richmond, and Solly Hemus all had an RBI in the contest, as well as Enos Slaughter who picked up the biggest ribbie of the game with a solo shot in the sixth inning. The Cardinals organization had high hopes for Poholsky as he had just came up from Rochester as a highly touted prospect. However, his career was not what you would call a storybook as he posted a 30-45 record over 5 seasons with the Birds, before being shipped to the Cubs via trade. While there is no storybook ending to the career of Tom Poholsky, there was a storybook ending on that day at Sportsman's Park as he hurled his way into the rich history of Cardinals baseball.

Here's the box score:

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Poholsky called St. Louis home until he passed away in 2001. You can check out his stats here:

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