Richard “Rube” Marquard pitched for 18 seasons in the National League. The righthander debuted with the New York Giants in 1908, but did not come into his own until 1911 when he won 24 games and led the NL in strikeouts. He followed that up in 1912 by amazingly winning his first 19 decisions and finishing with a 26-11 record. He had great control with a terrific fastball, screwball and vicious curveball. During his career he had a 201-177 record, 3.08 ERA, won 20+ games 3 times and his lifetime 1593 strikeouts ranked him 3rd amongst lefthanders at the time of his retirement. He was a member of 5 NL pennant winners, 1911-1913 with John McGraw’s Giants, and 1916 & ’20 with Brooklyn.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame via the Veteran’s Committee in 1971.
July 8, 2011