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From BR Bullpen
Warren Louis Hacker
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.
- Debut September 24, 1948
- Final Game September 29, 1961
- Born November 21, 1924 in Marissa, IL USA
- Died May 22, 2002 in Lenzburg, IL USA
 Biographical Information
The class C 1946 West Texas-New Mexico League Pampa Oilers was the first stop for the 21 year old Warren Hacker in his professional baseball career. Hacker was a right handed pitcher who was fresh out of the United States Marines where he had spent three years serving his country in the South Pacific during WW II.
The young pitcher came through with a 20 win 4 loss initial season with a 3.68 ERA. He spent 1947 with the Texarkana Bears and the Shreveport Sports combining for an 11-5 record and with the 1948 Sports he went 17-14 with a 3.18 ERA.
In September 1948 he went from the Shreveport team to the Chicago Cubs in an unknown transaction. The Cubs wasted no time in getting him on the mound and he appeared in 3 games, going 0-1 in his first major league competition.
Warren spent 1949 through 1951 with the Cubs and three different minor league teams before getting a solid spot on the Chicago roster. In 1952 he won 15 while losing 9, with a 2.58 ERA. The 1953 season seen him lead the NL in losses with 19, allowing 35 home runs and finishing with a 12-19 record and a 4.38 ERA.
The good natured Hacker was a knuckleball-sinkerball pitcher, who came within 2 outs of a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Braves on May 21, 1955. Warren went 3-13 in 1956 and on November 13, 1956 he was traded by the Cubs along with Don Hoak and Pete Whisenant to the Cincinnati Reds for Elmer Singleton and Ray Jablonski. He was then claimed on waivers by the 1957 Phillies, where he spent parts of the next two seasons.
After spending 1958 through 1960 in the minors he finished up his major league career as a reliever with the 1961 Chicago White Sox, where he went 3-3 with a 3.77 ERA and 8 saves. He then pitched for the White Sox' top farm club, the Indianapolis Indians, through the 1966 season.
 Notable Information
On August 1, 1946, Warren Hacker and Olinda Schenke are married in
a home-plate ceremony at the Pampas Oilers ballpark.
Career Pitching Statistics
The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
SABR Minor League Database