While he appeared briefly for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1912, the right-handed pitcher spent his first full season in the Majors with the 1916 Cleveland Indians. He spent nine years with the Indians, winning 172 games in that time, including 20+ four seasons in a row, from 1918-1921. He was the hero of the 1920 season, winning 24 games during the regular year and then three more in the World Series, including a masterful five hit shutout in Game 7 that secured the Championship for Cleveland over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Using his still legal spitball, Coveleski ultimately amassed 215 wins with an ERA of 2.89 in a career that also included time with the Washington Senators and the New York Yankees.
Coveleski was the opposing pitcher in the infamous Ray Chapman game. Yankee hurler Carl Mays struck Cleveland’s Chapman in the head with a pitch, leading to baseball’s only on field fatality.
August 9, 2011
South Bend, IN