Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hall of Fame Profile: Jack Chesbro

The third player inducted into the Hall of Fame as a Yankee was Jack Chesbro.

Full Name: John Dwight Chesbro

Born: June 5, 1874  Died: November 6, 1931

Nickname(s): Happy Jack

Hall of Fame Induction: 1946 (by Veterans Committee)

Teams Played for: Pittsburgh Pirates (1899-1902), New York Highlanders (1903-1909), Boston Red Sox (1909)

Career Statistics (courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com):

Wins: 198 (113th)
Losses: 132
Winning Pct: 60% (118th)
Strikouts: 1265
ERA: 2.68 (75th)
CG: 260
Shutouts: 32
IP: 2896.2

ERA+: 111
WHIP: 1.152
WAR: 41.2 (156th)
20-win Seasons: 5
MLB Wins Leader: 2x
MLB Shutouts Leader: 2x


One of the lesser known Hall-of-Famers due to his time-period, Jack Chesbro actually played for the precursor of the Yankees as a member of the New York Highlanders.  He was inducted by the newly formed Veterans Committee in 1946.  Chesbro started his MLB career on July 7, 1899 after being sold by the Richmond Bluebirds to the Pittsburgh Pirates for $1500.  While not compiling monster statistics, one must realize that he only played in the Major Leagues for 11 years.  His 162-game averages over that 11 year period were 19-12 W/L, 24 complete games, 3 shutouts, 272 innings pitched, and 119 strikeouts.

He won 20 games an impressive 5 times in his career posting records of 21-10 and 28-6, respectively in 1901 and 1902 for Pittsburgh before heading to the New York Highlanders, formerly the Baltimore Orioles. In 1903 he won 21 games to 15 losses and a 2.77 ERA for NY.  The next year he went an astounding 41-12 with 48 complete games, 6 shutouts, 454 innings pitched, and 239 strikeouts.  Talk about a work horse! That year he faced 1720 batters only allowing 6.7 hits per 9 innings.  In 1905 he won 19 games and added another 21 wins in 1906 before falling to 10 wins each in 1907 and 1908.  Not totally impressive numbers in his career but he was dominant for a good 5 year period.  His 41 wins in a season is a record that is considered unbreakable due to current baseball practices where pitchers get between 32-36 games started per season maximum.



3. Pictures sourced from WikiPedia

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