Marquard, Rube

Richard William Marquard
Born: October 9, 1886, Cleveland, Ohio
Died: June 1, 1980, Baltimore, Maryland
Played For: 
New York Giants (1908-1915), Brooklyn Robins (1915-1920), Cincinnati Reds (1921), Boston Braves (1922-1925)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1971

In 1908, the New York Giants paid a then-unheard-of price of $11,000 for Minor League southpaw Richard Rube Marquard. He eventually proved his worth by leading the team to three straight pennants (1911-13), during which he won 24, 26 and 23 games, respectively. In 1912, he earned victories in his first 19 decisions. Marquard no-hit the Brooklyn Robins in 1915, then was later sold to the Robins, helping them win the pennant the following year.

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HOFers who reached their 90th birthday (pdf)

Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Rube Marquard briefly dabbled in an onstage career and was once married to vaudeville singing star Blossom Seeley?
I've been in baseball a long time and I never saw anything like it. I never saw a kid like you, who can beat anybody and is so successful.
Charlie Carr