Central Illinois has had many major league baseball players in history. Let’s look at them from the 12 counties that we have selected to become Central Illinois. (Logan, McLean, DeWitt, Knox, Woodford, Fulton, Peoria, Mason, Tazewell, Cass, Morgan, Sangamon)
Allyn McClellan Stout
born in Peoria, Illinois on October 31, 1904
MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT May 16, 1931
He was brought in to the game in the bottom of the 8th inning to pitch for the first time. The Cardinals trailed the New York Giants 7-5. He pitched a perfect inning as all three batters ground out to the infield. It was a success for the righthander from Peoria. BOXSCORE
In his first season, he pitched in 30 games for the St. Louis Cardinals and finished with a perfect 6-0 record. The first win of his career came on June 9, 1931, facing the Brooklyn Dodgers at home. He tossed 6.2 innings and allowed five hits, one earned run, 3 walks and he fanned four batters. He pitched his first complete game on September 14, 1931, facing Philadelphia. He finished with 9IP/14H/5ER/3BB/5K.
He played for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants and Boston Braves after being traded for future Hall of Famer Leo Durocher. His career numbers have him winning 20 games and losing 20 games. He struck out 185 batters and sported a 4.5 ERA. He played his final game on June 27, 1943 while with Boston.
He died on December 22, 1974, and is buried in Sikeston, MO.