When Earl Wilson was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Detroit Tigers in June, he reported to his new club within hours, having caught the fastest transportation available to Detroit. It was almost as if this quiet, 30-year-old bachelor couldn't wait. Wilson had pitched a 2-0 no-hitter for Boston in 1962 but—"Let's face it," Red Sox Pitching Coach Sal Maglie said, "Earl is just another .500 pitcher." In Detroit, Wilson replied, "I figure that's a compliment. While I was there the team never played .500 ball." With the Tigers, Wilson developed into the hottest right-handed pitcher in the league; he won 13 games against five defeats and had a nine-game winning streak, culminating in a three-hit shutout over Washington last week. His overall record for the season climbed to 18-10 and his earned run average is now down to 3.16. Wilson started in Class D baseball as a catcher for Bisbee-Douglas in the Texas-Arizona League. He mashed up his left hand in a home-plate collision but, rather than be out of action, he spent his convalescence pitching, and he has been a pitcher ever since. A big man (6 feet 4, 220 pounds), he helps himself considerably with his hitting. He hit a home run in his no-hit game, and he has hit seven homers this season, only two short of Wes Ferrell's 35-year-old major league record for a pitcher. During one stretch this season he hit four home runs in 15 at bats, and he had a pinch-hit home run that beat the Orioles.