Lew Burdette who was the MVP of the 1957 World Series when the Milwaukee Braves defeated the powerful New York Yankees passed away February 6th a victim of lung cancer. He was eighty years old. The 1957 World Championship was the only one the Braves ever won in Milwaukee.
Ironically Lew broke in with the Yanks in 1950. He went to the Braves in 1951. In 1953 he went 15-5. He won 15 again in 1954 and 13 in 1955. In 1956 he went 19-10 with a 2.76 ERA. In the championship year he went 17-9. In 1958 and 1959 he won 20 and 21 games respectively.
He continued his winning ways through 1960 when he won 19 and in 1961 he logged 18 victories. His win total dropped to 10 in 1962. He started 1963 with the Braves but then went to the Cardinals. He began 1964 with the Cards but then went to the Cubs. Lew opened 1965 with the Cubs but ended the season with the Phillies.
In 1966 and 1967 he played with the Angels. He retired after 18 seasons in which he totaled 203 wins. He had a lifetime ERA of 3.66 with 1,074 strikeouts. He even had 31 career saves.
Rest in peace.
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