Waddell, Rube

George Edward Waddell
Born: October 13, 1876, Bradford, Pennsylvania
Died: April 1, 1914, San Antonio, Texas
Played For: 
Louisville Colonels (1897, 1899), Pittsburgh Pirates (1900-1901), Chicago Cubs (1901), Philadelphia A's (1902-1907), St. Louis Browns (1908-1910)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1946

One of the top lefties in history, Rube Waddell was also among the most eccentric and colorful players. Waddell possessed a great fastball and curve, aided by pinpoint control. Connie Mack harnessed Waddell's early promise beginning in 1902, his first of four straight 20-win seasons. In 1905, Waddell captured pitching's Triple Crown with 27 wins, 287 strikeouts and a 1.48 ERA, leading the league in all categories. Known for his strikeout prowess, he led the American League for six years in a row.

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Did You Know: 
that on July 1, 1902, Rube Waddell became the first Major League pitcher to strike out the side on just nine pitched balls?
He had more stuff than any pitcher I ever saw.
Connie Mack