Jesse Haines

Jesse Joseph Haines
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1970
Primary team: St. Louis Cardinals
Primary position: Pitcher

“My favorite ball is the knuckler,” Jesse Haines said. “I don’t believe any batter in uniform likes to face a good knuckleballer when it’s sweeping in with a lot of zip and breaking right.”

Haines played his first full season in the major leagues as a 26-year-old in 1920. Despite the late start, Haines would pitch for the next 18 years for the Cardinals thanks to his knuckleball. He finished his career with 210 wins and a 3.64 ERA.

After some initial struggles to break into the big leagues, Haines quickly became a stalwart in St. Louis. In his rookie season Haines pitched 301 2/3 innings and led the National League in appearances with 47. Though he finished the season with a 13-20 record, he did have a 2.98 ERA.

Haines pitched in four World Series, helping the Cardinals to two championships. The first of those titles came in 1926. He beat the Yankees twice in the Fall Classic, including shutting them out once. Haines built on the momentum from the World Series to have the best season of his career in 1927. That year he went 24-10 with a 2.72 ERA and led the National League in complete games (25) and shutouts (six).

Haines won 20 games for the third and final time of his career in 1928 at the age of 34. From there, however, Haines’ career began to go into decline. He pitched for nine more years, winning 70 more games, but never more than 13 in a season. He appeared in two more World Series, including in 1934, when the Cardinals’ “Gashouse Gang” topped Detroit.

Haines retired after the 1937 season at the age of 44. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1970 by the Veteran’s Committee. Haines died in 1978 at the age of 85.

“When I saw how hard a nice old man like Pop could take it after losing a game, I realized why he’d been such a consistent winner and the Cardinals, too,” St. Louis center fielder Terry Moore said. “I never forgot how much Haines expected of himself and of others.”

"When I saw how hard a nice old man like Pop could take it after losing a game, I realized why he'd been a consistent winner and the Cardinals, too. I never forgot how much Haines expected of himself and of others. "
Terry Moore

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1970
Primary Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Position Played: Pitcher
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: Clayton, Ohio
Birth year: 1893
Died: 1978, Dayton, Ohio
Played for:
Cincinnati Reds (1918)
St. Louis Cardinals (1920-1937)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
555
HitsH
3460
RunsR
1556
Innings PitchedIP
3208.2
WinsW
210
LossesL
158
Winning %Winning %
.571
Games StartedGS
387
ERAERA
.364
Complete GamesCG
209
ShutoutsSHO
23
WHIPWHIP
1.350
SavesSV
11
Earned RunsER
1298
WalksBB
871
StrikeoutsSO
981