Inductee — Paul Howard Trout

Trout2_14Paul Howard Trout

Class of 1981

Birthplace: Sandcutt, IN

Right Handed Pitcher



Born in Sandcutt in 1915 and passed away in 1972 in Harvey, Ill., he was the father of major league pitcher Steve Trout. He spent more than 30 years in baseball as a pitcher, broadcaster and director of the White Sox speakers bureau. His 15 year major league pitching career was spent, mainly, with Detroit, 1939-52, part of the 52 season also spent with Boston. After pitching in an Old Timers game Baltimore signed him during the 57 season and he pitched in two games before being released. In 1943 he led the league with 20 wins, in 1944 he led the league with a sparkling 2.12 ERA. That same year he led the league in starts, 40, complete games, 33, innings pitched, 352.1, and shutouts, 7. That year earned him a spot on the All Star team. Arguably, the 45 season may have been more satisfying when he hurled the Tigers into the World Series by pitching six games in nine days and winning four. In addition to the 45 Series he played in the 1940 World Series.

After baseball he was the broadcaster for the Tigers and also was the director of the Chicago White Sox speakers bureau until 1972. As a note his son Steve had a 12 year major league career with the White Sox, Cubs and the Mariners.