Grover Cleveland Alexander

Ol’ Pete Alexander was quite simply one of the true giants of the game. He started his illustrious career in 1911 with the Philadelphia Phillies and wasted no time establishing himself as one of the best pitchers in baseball, winning 28 games and striking out 227 batters in his rookie season. He would pitch for 20 years (1911-1930) in the National League with the Phillies, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. His lifetime numbers are truly astounding. His 373 wins are tied for 3rd. In 5,190 innings pitched he would strike out 2,198 batters, compile a 2.56 ERA, pitch 436 complete games, and record an NL record 90 shutouts. He would win the pitching Triple Crown 4 times (1915, 16, 17 & 20) while topping the NL in strikeouts 6 times, ERA 5 times, and recording nine 20-win seasons, (including 30 or more wins three consecutive years). He was a member of NL pennant winning teams in Philadelphia in 1915, Chicago in 1918, and St. Louis in 1926 and ’28. He was one of the heroes for the Cardinals in the 1926 World Series, pitching complete game victories in Games 2 and 6, and then famously coming in the game to strike out Tony Lazzeri with the bases loaded to help preserve a 3-2 lead for a Redbirds win in Game 7.

-Tony Milito

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June 1, 2016

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