Coveleski, Stan

Stanley Anthony Coveleski
Born: July 13, 1889, Shamokin, Pennsylvania
Died: March 20, 1984, South Bend, Indiana
Played For: 
Philadelphia A's (1912), Cleveland Indians (1916-1924), Washington Senators (1925-1927), New York Yankees (1928)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1969

A product of the Pennsylvania coal mines, Stan Coveleski learned control as a youngster by throwing rocks at tin cans that swung from a tree. Though he pitched a shutout in his first big league start with the Athletics in 1912, it was the spitball he later learned in the Minor Leagues that helped make him a star. A five-time 20-game winner with Cleveland and Washington en route to 215 career victories, he emerged as the hero in the 1920 World Series, with three complete-game wins against Brooklyn while yielding only two runs.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that on May 24, 1918, Stan Coveleski pitched a 19-inning complete-game victory for the Cleveland Indians over the New York Yankees, 3-2?
I've seen Covelski throw that spitball to a right-handed hitter, and he'd fall to the ground and that ball would break over the plate. It would break from your head down to the ground, like hitting a butterfly.
Joe Sewell