Inducted in 1984
Carlton Willey
Born on June 6, 1931 in Cherryfield, Maine
Education:
Cherryfield High School

Carlton Willey, pride of Cherryfield and one of Maine's comparatively few bona fide major league baseballers.

Willey, 6 - foot, 175 - pound pitcher, spent eight years in the National League - five campaigns with the Milwaukee Braves and three with the New York Mets.

Ironically, Carlton's freshman season of 1958 was his best and only winning campaign as he helped the pitch-rich Braves to a repeat National League pennant with a 9-7 record (including four shutouts) plus an impressive 2.70 ERA to be named NL Rookie-of-the-Year.

He threw four shutouts.

He threw one scoreless inning in relief in the '58 World Series that the Braves lost to the Yankees after taking a 3-1 lead over the club it had defeated in seven games the year before. In that frame, he disposed of a formidable trio as he struck out Moose Skowron and Gil McDougald and got Tony Kubek to pop out.

Leading up to his Milwaukee stint, Willey's minor league stops included Toledo and Wichita in the Triple A American Association.

He went a classy 21-7 for Wichita in 1957 and 3-3 with a 6-0 no-hitter over Louisville in 1958 when he was called up to the parent club June 13.

Willey went on to register a 38-58 major league career mark, but he had four ERAs under 4.00 and his lifetime average yield was 3.76. But a series of injuries limited his career.

Willey's subsequent occupations have included terms with the state parole and agriculture inspection departments, eight years service as a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies. He is presently employed by the Wyman Blueberry Co. in Deblois.

Willey has a son, Richard, and daughter, Jill Ann.

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