Basil Hall’s Baseball Legacy made a name for him locally in the game of baseball. His ability to pitch got him a tryout with the Baltimore Oriels in Florida. Subsequently, he returned home and started playing locally again, always wanting the ball against the league’s top teams.
Born January 20th, 1943, and his parents name him Basil, his teammate nicknamed him Duren, after MLB reliever Ryan Duren.
The Orioles signed him to play in the minor league. However, he did not play in any game because of an eye injury. Hence, the eye injury sustained earlier in his baseball career may have caused him not to make it out of spring camp. However, his ability to throw the ball resulted in the O’s inviting him to camp.
Hall’s playing days were long. In his case, he started playing from the mid-60s to the early 80s. Furthermore, the teams he played on were very competitive, and he was a big part of the pitching staff.
Basil Hall’s Baseball Legacy:
Basil played on many teams in his career. Despite the loss of an eye, it did not deter him from playing. Another player told me that in 1965, they had an offer to leave the O’s camp and go over to the White Sox. However, the player went over, but Basil stayed in the O’s camp.
Fearless on the Mound
Earlier, in 1970, pitching for the Nassau Mets, Basil stated that he would strike out all 21 St. Bernards batters in a row; however, he left the game in the 4th inning, holding his right arm after striking out the first 11 batters. That day, Duran Hall meant business against St. Bernards.
Despite his handy cap, Duren played well enough to make many national and All-Star teams, one being the National Baseball Congress tournament in Wichita.
In addition to his ability to pitch, he had three no-hitters in his career, including a perfect game.