“The Knight of Kennett Square,” as Herb Pennock was nicknamed, made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1912 and after parts of 4 seasons with the Mackmen he was released. Connie Mack later said that it was his biggest mistake. He joined the Boston Red Sox in 1915 and by using a devastating curveball, within 3 years was one of the most dominant left-handers in the American League. Throughout his 22-year career with the Athletics, Red Sox and Yankees he won 241 games, reached double figure win totals in 12 out of 13 years and had a .598 winning percentage. He was a member of 7 championship teams, posting a 5-0 record in World Series play. In 1923, he was traded to the New York Yankees and he became an important member of the Murderer’s Row pitching staff, winning 162 in 11 seasons with the Yankees.
August 21, 2011
Kennett Square, PA