Born: June 26, 1921|
New Orleans, Louisiana
Died: August 8, 1974 (aged 53)|
|August 20, 1941 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
Last MLB appearance
|September 23, 1956 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||3.51|
Career highlights and awards
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Stellar minor league career
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Ace left-hander for postwar Cardinals
Pollet returned to baseball in
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Pollet's other outstanding season came in
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He was traded to the second-division Pittsburgh Pirates on June 15,
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Pollet returned to the field in
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Pollet was a business partner of his former manager, Dyer, in insurance, real estate and energy companies in Houston. He retired from baseball and resumed his business career after the 1965 season, and died from adenocarcinoma in Houston at age 53 in 1974.
- List of Major League Baseball ERA champions
- List of Major League Baseball wins champions
- List of St. Louis Cardinals team records
- List of St. Louis Cardinals coaches
- Reichler, Joseph, ed. The Baseball Encyclopedia. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1979.
|St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach
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|Houston Astros pitching coach
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