August 18 – Happy Birthday Burleigh Grimes

When Joe Gordon was inducted into the Hall of Fame three summers ago, he became the 51st former Yankee player, manager or team executive to join the Hall. (Jacob Rupert later became the 52nd) Most of the names on this list are familiar ex-Yankees but there are a few who, though well-known as great baseball players, were not at all noted or remembered for their time wearing Pinstripes. The two ex-Yankee members of Cooperstown who are tied for spending the least amount of time in a New York uniform are the great hitter and outfielder, Paul “Big Poison” Waner and today’s birthday celebrant, Burleigh Grimes. Both appeared in just ten Yankee games at the very end of their illustrious careers. Grimes was baseball’s last and arguably most famous legitimate spitball pitcher. In fact, his 270th and final big league win came as a Yankee in 1934 and marked the last time in the history of Major League baseball that the winning pitcher was permitted to throw a spitball. Grimes was born in Emerald, WI on August 18, 1893.

Also born on this date, 51 years after Grimes was born, was this former Yankee third baseman and third base coach and this one-time Yankee outfielder.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1934 NYY 1 2 .333 5.50 10 0 9 0 0 1 18.0 22 11 11 0 14 5 2.000
19 Yrs 270 212 .560 3.53 616 497 94 314 35 18 4180.0 4412 2050 1638 148 1295 1512 1.365
BRO (9 yrs) 158 121 .566 3.46 318 287 26 205 20 5 2426.0 2547 1175 934 76 744 952 1.357
PIT (5 yrs) 48 42 .533 3.26 132 92 34 58 7 5 830.1 818 398 301 28 237 260 1.271
STL (4 yrs) 32 17 .653 3.45 59 50 7 27 4 1 386.0 434 179 148 18 112 130 1.415
CHC (2 yrs) 9 17 .346 4.35 47 25 12 8 2 4 211.0 245 118 102 10 79 48 1.536
NYG (1 yr) 19 8 .704 3.54 39 34 4 15 2 2 259.2 274 116 102 12 87 102 1.390
BSN (1 yr) 3 5 .375 7.35 11 9 2 1 0 0 49.0 72 53 40 4 22 15 1.918
NYY (1 yr) 1 2 .333 5.50 10 0 9 0 0 1 18.0 22 11 11 0 14 5 2.000
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/18/2013.

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