Maglie was one of the lesser-known players barred from organized baseball in 1946 by Commissioner Chandler for jumping to the Mexican League, but he became the most successful returnee when the suspension was lifted. In 1950, he went 18-4 for the Giants and led the NL in winning percentage. His 23-6 mark the next year helped New York to the pennant won in a playoff on Bobby Thomson’s home run.
Although he had an ever-present “five o’clock shadow,” Maglie was called “The Barber” for his practice of throwing close to (shaving) the batter’s chin. “When I’m pitching,” he explained, “I own the plate.”
A back ailment reduced Maglie’s effectiveness in 1955. He was waived to Cleveland and eventually, the Dodgers picked him up for $1,000 in mid-1956. He pitched magnificently down the stretch to help the Dodgers to a pennant, going 13-5 and pitching a no-hitter on September 25, in a key game against the Phillies.