Grimes, Burleigh

Burleigh Arland Grimes
Born: August 18, 1893, Emerald, Wisconsin
Died: December 6, 1985, Clear Lake, Wisconsin
Played For: 
Pittsburgh Pirates (1916-1917, 1928-1929, 1934), Brooklyn Dodgers (1918-1926), New York Giants (1927), Boston Braves (1930), St. Louis Cardinals (1930-1931, 1933-1934), Chicago Cubs (1932-1933), New York Yankees (1934)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1964

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.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Burleigh Grimes was nicknamed Ol' Stubblebeard because he never shaved on days that he was scheduled to pitch?
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