Theodore Wilks (November 13, 1915 – August 21, 1989) broke into the majors like a comet, compiling a 17–4 record with four shutouts and a 2.64 ERA for the 1944 St. Louis Cardinals, helping them to the World Series championship. After that first impressive year, Ted Wilks developed arm problems and his days as a starter were over. After elbow surgery, Wilks resurfaced as a relief pitcher and won another World Series ring with the 1946 Cards. Nicknamed “The Cork” by catcher and teammate Joe Garagiola for his uncanny ability to stop rallies, Wilks was considered one of the better relievers of the era. He had an impressive career 3.26 ERA, and led the NL with nine saves in 1949 and 13 saves in 1951. In retirement, Wilks coached in the Major and minor leagues, and later worked for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Houston, Texas. He died in 1989 at the age of 73.