HAWORTH, N.J.–Former Major League Baseball pitcher Carl Hubbell of the N.Y. Giants made Haworth is home after retiring in 1943.
From 1946-1950, Hubbell lived at 474 Haworth Avenue with his wife, Sue, and their two boys, Carl, Jr., and Jim.
In 1947, Hubbell, a 6-foot, 170-pound lefty, was elected to MLB's Hall of Fame after a stellar 16-year career that included two National League Most Valuable Player awards.
"He really was a very big deal," Friends of the Haworth Library President Beth Potter told Daily Voice.
To honor the man known as "King Carl" and "Meal Ticket" the Haworth Library is hosting Carl Hubbell Day on April 24.
The Giants, who moved to San Francisco in 1958, made a contribution to the library's building fund, Potter said, sparking interest in the community.
That and the borough's council declaring April 24 as "Carl Owen Hubbell Day" led to the event.
Hubbell's name is on the library's donor wall.
Hubbell was a member of Haworth's Recreation Commission, Potter said.
While dominant on the mound – Hubbell won 253 games, posted a career 2.98 earned run average, and fired a no-hitter in 1929 – "he was kind of a shy, quiet guy," added Potter.
Hubbell helped the Giants win the World Series in 1933, winning two games. He was also named the NL MVP that year.
Admission is $10 for ages 12 and up and $5 for children under 12.
Here is a look at the schedule:
- 1:30 Open House at former Home of Carl Hubbell, 474 Haworth Ave. with Ongoing video display of Hubbell on the baseball field.
- 2:30 Speakers at the Haworth Library, 300 Haworth Ave. New York historian Peter Laskowich will talk about Hubbell, the Giants, and their place in baseball history. Sports collector Jerry Liebowitz will display and talk about his collection of photos and memorabilia, both of Carl Hubbell and the Giants.
- 4:00 "Big Leaguer," a showing of the movie Carl Hubbell made with Edward G. Robinson in 1953. Peanuts and Cracker Jacks will be for sale.