Native St. Louisan, Eldred W. (Bud) Byerly, a righthanded pitcher believed to be the only surviving member of the 1944 Cardinals World Series champions other than Hall of Famer Stan Musial, died at age 91 after a brief illness.
Byerly, a Webster Groves High product, signed with the Cardinals' organization in 1940 and reached the majors in 1943. He was 2-2 in the regular season for the 1944 Cardinals, who beat the Browns in the World Series. Byerly appeared in one game in that series, pitching 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
An 11-season career also took Byerly, who had a 22-22 lifetime record, to Cincinnati, Washington, Boston and San Francisco. His best season was in 1957 at Washington, where he was 6-6 with six saves.
One of his teammates on that team was Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog, whose first big-league team was the Senators.
Bud Byerly appearing as special guest
at the May 26, 2010 Browns fan
"I don't know if he was a flame-thrower or not early in his career before he came to Washington," Herzog said. "But he knew how to pitch.
"He always said he threw a 'dry spitter,'" said Herzog, laughing. "I'd never heard of a 'dry spitter.'"
Bud Byerly appearing as special guest at the May 26, 2010 Browns fan club luncheon