Pud Galvin

James Francis Galvin
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1965
Primary team: Buffalo Bisons
Primary position: Pitcher

"If I had Galvin to catch, no one would ever steal a base on me. That fellow keeps them glued to the bag," Hall of Fame catcher Buck Ewing said.

James Francis Galvin would earn the nickname "Pud" over the course of his baseball career for his uncanny ability to make hitters look like "pudding." Born on Christmas Day 1856 in St. Louis, Galvin would go on to make his debut as a teenager in the National Association for his hometown Brown Stockings in 1875. Four years later, Pud would surface in the National League pitching for the Buffalo Bisons and begin one of the most workmanlike careers baseball has ever seen.

Galvin was renowned for his durability, even in an era of baseball where two-man pitching rotations were commonplace. Galvin's strong constitution allowed him to regularly take the mound and pitch deep into the game.

Over a two-year period spanning the 1883 and 1884 seasons, Pud would win 92 games, nearly a quarter of his career total, while twirling 143 complete games en route to nearly 1,300 innings. Galvin also paced the NL in shutouts in both years with five and 12 in 1883 and 1884, respectively. This stretch represents the height of Pud's career, and his performance would end up drawing interest from other baseball organizations.

The Pittsburgh Alleghenys purchased Pud Galvin from the Bisons on July 13, 1885, and in 1888, Pud Galvin became the first player in history to win 300 games, a number many now use as a benchmark for greatness. Unfortunately, the tremendous mileage Galvin's arm accrued in the previous decade would begin to catch up with him. Pud's games pitched and innings totals began to fall year after year until his retirement following the 1892 season.

Pud Galvin would live out the rest of his days in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, for a time working as a National League umpire and later opening a bar. On March 7, 1902, Galvin died; some sixty years later, the Veterans Committee elected him to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1965.

"If I had Galvin to catch, no one would ever steal a base on me. That fellow keeps them glued to the bag. "
Buck Ewing

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Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1965
Primary Team: Buffalo Bisons
Position Played: Pitcher
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: St. Louis, Missouri
Birth year: 1856
Died: 1902, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Played for:
St. Louis Brown Stockings (1875)
Buffalo Bisons (1879-1885)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1885-1889)
Pittsburgh Burghers (1890)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1891-1892)
St. Louis Browns (1892)
Managed:
Buffalo Bisons (1885)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
705
HitsH
6405
RunsR
3352
Innings PitchedIP
6003.1
WinsW
365
LossesL
310
Winning %Winning %
.541
Games StartedGS
688
ERAERA
2.85
Complete GamesCG
646
ShutoutsSHO
57
WHIPWHIP
1.191
SavesSV
2
Earned RunsER
1903
WalksBB
745
StrikeoutsSO
1807