Thomas Joseph “Tommy” Byrne (December 31, 1919 - December 20, 2007) was a hard-throwing left-hander who struggled with control as he led the American League three times in walks and five times in hit batsmen. Nicknamed “Wild Man”, he also threw 28 wild pitches in his 13-year career. Byrne signed with the New York Yankees in 1940, but the $10,000 Bonus Baby did not make his Major League debut until 1943. From 1943 to 1953, Tommy set an unfortunate mark by averaging 7.4 walks per nine innings. Despite his wildness, he did post back-to-back 15-win season in 1949 and 1950 and went 16-5 in 1955 to lead the AL in winning percentage (.762). After his second straight 15-win season, he was named to his one and only AL All-Star team. Tommy was a notoriously good hitter with a lifetime .238 batting average and 14 career home runs and was often used as a pinch hitter. Byrne played 13 years in the Majors with the Yankees (1943, 1946-1951, 1954-1957), the St. Louis Browns (1951-1952), the Chicago White Sox (1953) and the Washington Senators (1953). He appeared in four World Series (1949, 1955-1957) and was a champion in 1949 and 1956, both as the Yankees defeated their 1950s rival Brooklyn Dodgers. Tommy Byrne went 85-69 with 766 strikeouts, 65 complete games, 12 shutouts and saves, hit 85 batsmen and had 28 wild pitches while posting a 4.11 ERA in 281 games. When his playing days ended, he returned to Wake Forest, North Carolina where he served as mayor from 1973 to 1987.