Today in Tribe History: May 6, 2003
Bob Toth | On 06, May 2020
Former Indians pitcher Art Houtteman passes away in Rochester Hills, Michigan, at the age of 75.
Houtteman, a Detroit native, reached the Majors with the Tigers in 1947, 100 days short of his 18th birthday. He was perfect in an inning of relief against the Indians in his debut. He played sparingly for the Tigers until 1948, when he got more opportunities in the starting rotation despite going 2-16. He was better in 1949, going 15-10, and made the All-Star team in 1950 with a 19-12 record, but missed the 1951 season fulfilling military obligations. He returned and spent parts of the next two seasons with the Tigers before he was traded to the Indians in 1953 as part of an eight-player swap.
He won 15 games for the Tribe working primarily as a starter for the 1954 AL pennant winning club. He was 10-6 the following season, working two-thirds of the time in relief, and made just 22 appearances the following season. After a rough start in 1957, he was released and signed with the Baltimore Orioles, but he made just five more appearances with the team at the Major League level while spending time in the minors. He signed with the Tigers prior to the next season, but worked only in the minors in each of the next two seasons.