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Published on Feb 22, 2014
William Grover Slayback (born February 21, 1948 in Hollywood, California) is a retired American professional baseball player. A right-handed pitcher, he appeared in 42 games, 17 as a starter, in Major League Baseball.
After playing for California State University, Northridge, the 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), 180 lb (82 kg) Slayback was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the seventh round of the 1968 Major League Baseball Draft. Slayback made his major league debut with the Tigers on June 26, 1972 against the New York Yankees. After holding the Yankees hitless through his first seven innings, the no-hitter was broken up in the eighth stanza. He pitched 8⅓ innings, allowed four hits, struck out five, and gave up two earned runs. Slayback had another impressive start for the Tigers on July 20, 1972, as he struck out 13 batters and allowed five hits while beating the Texas Rangers, 5--1. Slayback started 13 games for the 1972 Tigers, compiling a record of 5--6 with a 3.20 earned run average. Slayback pitched only two innings in 1973, and his career ended in 1974 as he went 13 with a 4.77 ERA in 16 games (only four as a starter).
In 1973, Slayback recorded a 45-rpm record written by Ernie Harwell called "Move Over Babe (Here Comes Henry)." The record captured Hank Aaron's journey in overtaking Babe Ruth for the all-time home run record.