The year of 2021 has not been great for professional athletes. It seems like more athletes have passed away in 2021 than ever before in previous years. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the NFL, NHL, MLB or NBA, it seems like a couple times a week if not more there is a notice of an athlete passing away.
The latest tragedy to strike a professional sports team is the Minnesota Twins. It was announced last week that former Twins pitcher Dwight Siebler passed away at the age of 83.
Prior to joining MLB, he was a pitcher for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and threw the very first no-hitter for the university in 1957.
Siebler began his pro career with the Philadelphia Phillies and was in his fifth season with the Phils’ minor league organization when his contract was purchased by the Twins in 1963. He made five starts in seven appearances for Minnesota during the remainder of the season and turned in two complete game victories. Siebler appeared in 48 Major League games pitched. In 117⅓ innings, he allowed only 97 hits, with 71 strikeouts and 44 bases on balls. He left baseball after the 1967 season.
In other Minnesota twins news, many Twins fans as well as New York Mets fans often wonder what happened to star pitcher Johan Santana. Santana is known to be one of the greatest pitchers in Twins history, and certainly made his mark in New York after pitching the organization’s very first no-hitter. Check out the video below to learn more about Santana and what he has been up to since retiring from Major League Baseball.