Jack Hallett

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Jack Hallett spent 15 years pitching in pro baseball, going 122-145.

Jack debuted in 1933 with the Minneapolis Millers at age 18. The next year, Hallett only had a 1-4 record for two Western League clubs. In 1935, he was 9-14 for the Crookston Pirates and briefly appeared with the Milwaukee Brewers (AA). At age 21, he lost 17 games, going 8-12 for the Fieldale Towlers and 1-5 with a 6.00 ERA for the Clarksdale Ginners.

In 1937, he posted his first winning record, 11-9, with a 3.77 ERA for the Hopkinsville Hoppers. The next season, he had a 16-9, 4.25 line for the Bloomington Bloomers. He tied for 5th in the Three-I League in wins. At age 24, in his 7th pro season, Hallett was 1-0 for the Los Angeles Angels (PCL) and 11-12 with a 2.52 ERA for the Tulsa Oilers; he was in the top five in the Texas League in ERA.

Jack's record fell further in 1940 when he had a 12-21 mark to go with his 3.06 ERA for two TL teams. He tied for the league lead in losses. He still made his big-league debut that year, wearing #28. He was 1-1 for the 1940 White Sox but with a 6.43 ERA.

Hallett spent all of the 1941 season in Chicago and was 5-5, but his ERA was 6.03 as he was hit frequently. In December, he was traded with Mike Kreevich to the Philadelphia Athletics for Wally Moses but was released to the Toronto Maple Leafs in April 1942 and wound up in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization instead.

Jack went 11-16 with a 2.88 ERA for the 1942 Maple Leafs but his 187 strikeouts led the International League, 40 ahead of runner-up Tommy Byrne. Hallett was only two losses away from tying for the IL lead. He was 0-1 with a 4.84 ERA in three outings for the 1942 Pirates.

His number changed to 40 and he was 1-2 with a 1.70 ERA in 9 games for the 1943 Pirates. He missed 1944 and 1945 because of World War II, serving in the Navy from June 1943 to December 1945.

He came back after his time in the military and posted a solid 3.29 ERA (107 ERA+) in 115 innings of work for the 1946 Pirates. Still, his record was only 5 and 7 as Pittsburgh lost over 90 games as a club. His number was 39.

Hallett spent 1947 with the Indianapolis Indians and was 10-11 with a 3.79 ERA. The New York Giants then grabbed him in the 1947 Rule V Draft.

He came back to the majors briefly and finished his big league career with the 1948 Giants at the age of 33. In four innings of work in 1948 and wearing number 40, he posted a 4.50 ERA. His final game was on April 29. He went 11-5 with a 4.91 ERA for Indianapolis that year

His career MLB pitching statistics are most similar to those of Jim Britton according to the similarity scores method.

In 1949, Jack was 0-2 with a 3.95 ERA for the San Diego Padres (PCL) and 8-9, 4.07 for the Oklahoma City Indians to conclude his career.

He died in 1982 at the age of 67 in Toledo, Ohio. His body was laid to rest in the United Church of Christ Cemetery in Holgate, OH.

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