Lew Burdette was a consistent Pitcher for the Milwaukee Braves where he would win 179 Games for the franchise. Burdette first became noticed in the 1953 season when he went 15 and 5 and was 7th in ERA. The hurler remained solid for a couple of years and in the last half of the 50’s he would go on his best run where from 1956 to 1961 he never had less than 17 Wins and in three of those seasons he was the National League leader in BB/9. Burdette would also win the ERA Title (1956) and the Wins leader in 1959.
An All Star twice (1957 & 1959), Burdette would help Warren Spahn propel the Braves to the World Series, and Lew was at his absolute best going 3-0 in the Fall Classic with a 0.67 ERA and a 0.926 WHIP. He would win the World Series MVP that year.
Despite his on field accomplishments, Burdette might be best known for being a prankster and fun loving individual who was popular with teammates and fans alike. If this list was based on overall likability, it would have been hard to supplant Lew Burdette.