Burleigh Grimes

Burleigh Arland Grimes
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1964
Primary team: Brooklyn Dodgers
Primary position: Pitcher

Pitching for seven different franchises, fiery spitballer Burleigh Grimes posted five 20-win seasons and won 270 games over his 19-year career. Grimes was just 26 years old when the spitball was banned in 1920, but he was one of 17 veteran hurlers exempted from the ban. He continued using the pitch effectively, helping his teams to four World Series appearances and winning two Series games in 1931 at age 38 for the victorious St. Louis Cardinals. When he retired in 1934, he was the last of the legal spitballers.

"The only time I was ever scared in my life was one time when Burleigh threw at me on a 3-and-0 count. "
Frankie Frisch

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1964
Primary Team: Brooklyn Dodgers
Position Played: Pitcher
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: Emerald, Wisconsin
Birth year: 1893
Died: 1985, Clear Lake, Wisconsin
Played for:
Pittsburgh Pirates (1916-1917)
Brooklyn Dodgers (1919-1926)
New York Giants (1927)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1928-1929)
Boston Braves (1930)
St. Louis Cardinals (1930-1931)
Chicago Cubs (1932-1933)
St. Louis Cardinals (1933-1934)
New York Yankees (1934)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1934)
Managed:
Brooklyn Dodgers (1937-1938)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
616
HitsH
4412
RunsR
2050
Innings PitchedIP
4180
WinsW
270
LossesL
212
Winning %Winning %
.560
Games StartedGS
497
ERAERA
3.53
Complete GamesCG
314
ShutoutsSHO
35
WHIPWHIP
1.365
SavesSV
18
Earned RunsER
1638
WalksBB
1295
StrikeoutsSO
1512