Major League Baseball Player. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was a pitcher for thirteen seasons (1954 to 1966) with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals. He was a member of the 1961 National League Pennant-winning Reds and appeared in 2 games with a 1.64 ERA during the World Series. His other notable career highlights include three-time selection to the National League All-Star Team (1958, 1961 to 1962) and recording 23 wins during the 1962 season. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1974. In 386 regular season games, Purkey won 129 and lost 115 with a lifetime 3.79 ERA.

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