Les Mueller

Pitcher, Baseball Player

1919 – 2012


Who was Les Mueller?

Leslie Clyde Mueller was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers in 1941 and 1945. He was born in Belleville, Illinois.

In 1940, Mueller played for the Beaumont Exporters in the Texas League and threw a no-hitter on August 22, 1940 against Dallas. The following year, Mueller reached the big leagues, pitching four games for the Detroit Tigers. He enlisted in the Army after the United States entered World War II and missed the next three seasons. After a physical revealed that he had a hernia, Mueller received a medical discharge in late 1944.

Mueller rejoined the Tigers for the 1945 season, going 6-8 in 26 games, including 18 games as a starter.

On April 17, 1945, Mueller faced Pete Gray, the St. Louis Browns' famous one-armed outfielder, in Gray's first major league game. Gray got his first major league hit off Mueller, the first of 51 hits for Gray in 1945.

On July 21, 1945, Mueller put in one of the greatest pitching performances in major league history. Mueller pitched the first 19-2/3 innings for the Tigers and left having given up only one unearned run. No pitcher has thrown as many innings in a major league game since Mueller's feat.

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Mar 4, 1919
Lived in
  • Belleville
Oct 25, 2012

on July 23, 2013


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