The “Delaware Peach” was one of the most dominant right-handers in the National League at the turn of the century. He pitched for the Boston Beaneaters, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, and like many pitchers of the time he was a workhorse. In his 14 seasons he pitched almost 4000 innings and completed 388 of his 471 starts, including a modern era record of 45 in 1902. In 1906, he threw 322 innings without surrendering a single home run. His main weapon was his terrific curveball and with it he posted a lifetime 249-205 record and 2.62 ERA with 50 shutouts. He won championships with Boston in 1898 and Pittsburgh in 1909.
August 21, 2011