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Don LiddleDonald Eugene Liddle: Born: May 25, 1925 in Mt. Carmel, Ill.Died: June 5, 2000 in Mt. Carmel, Ill. Debut: 1953 | Pos: PHt: 5-10 | Wt: 165 | B: L | T: LYrs G IP W L Sv SO ERA4 117 427.2 28 18 4 198 3.75>> Visit the Don Liddle biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.Don Liddle, a former major league pitcher, died of lung cancer on June 5, 2000, at the age of 75.Liddle was the pitcher for the Giants during Game One of the 1954 World Series when teammate Willie Mays made his over-the-shoulder catch. Vic Wertz of Cleveland connected on a pitch from Liddle, but Mays ran it down, catching the 460-foot fly ball. Liddle had entered the game in relief of Giants starter Sal Maglie to face Wertz.Marv Grissom was called in to replace Liddle after the out and Liddle is reported to have told Grissom, “I got my man.”Liddle started and won Game 4, the final game of the Giants’ sweep of the Indians. He pitched in 117 games in his career and finished with a 28-18 record with 4 saves. He pitched 428 innings and posted a 3.74 ERA. Liddle debuted in 1953, at the age of 28, with the Milwaukee Braves, finishing with a 7-6 record in 31 games. A trade sent him to the Giants in 1954.In 1955, he was 10-4 with a 4.25 ERA. He started 13 games that season. He was traded in 1956 to the Cardinals. After spending some time in the minors, he retired in 1958.He managed a service station, sold insurance and worked for Snap-On Tools following his career in baseball. Source: Associated Press