Carlton Willey, a Cherryfield native who pitched eight seasons in the National League in the 1950s and 1960s, has died. He was 78.
In Willey’s first Major League season, he appeared in the 1958 World Series with the Milwaukee Braves. He pitched for the Braves for five years, and another three years with the New York Mets. Willey won 38 games and lost 58 in eight Major League seasons.
Willey died Monday evening after a long struggle with lung cancer. He
continued to live in Cherryfield after his baseball career.
“Carlton Willey is a legend in Maine not only for his success in baseball,
but for the way he lived his life,” Gov. John Baldacci said in a statement
Tuesday. “He was a generous man and a treasure to the state.
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