Mickey Welch was a dominant right-handed pitcher for the Troy Trojans and the NewYork Gothams/Giants from 1880 to 1892. He became the third pitcher in Major League Baseball history to reach 300 wins, finishing his thirteen-year career with 307 wins and 210 losses. Nine of his seasons he won more than twenty games, four of which he won more than thirty games including his career best in 1885 when he won 44 games for the Giants. He was able to become a successful pitcher by the use of an effective curveball and his ability to use off speed pitches. Welch holds a Major League record for striking out the first nine batters he faced in a game on August 28, 1884.
-Michael Rinehart Jr.
August 18, 2010