July 13th, 2013

July 13 – Happy Birthday Stan Coveleski

coveleskiThis right hander followed his older brother Harry out of the Pennsylvania coal mines to become a big league pitcher. Harry was a three-time twenty-game-winner for the Tigers. Stan would reach that magic number four times in a row with the Indians between 1918 and 1921 and then once again as a Senator, in 1925.

He was one of the best spitball pitchers in the history of the game and his greatest moment came during the 1920 World Series when he pitched and won three complete games, giving up just two earned runs and leading the Indians to their first ever championship. The Senators released him in June of the 1927 season. Coveleski sat out the rest of that season and thought about retiring but he couldn’t resist an offer to pitch for Miller Huggin’s World Champion Murderer’s Row team the following year. He won five of his six decisions as a Yankee but his ERA was almost six. New York released him in August of 1928. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969, by the Veteran’s Committee along with his former Yankee pitching mate, Waite Hoyt. He passed away in 1984 at the age of 94.

Coveleski shares his birthday with this former Yankee starting pitcher, this former Yankee reliever 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
1928 NYY 5 1 .833 5.74 12 8 2 2 0 0 58.0 72 41 37 5 20 5 1.586
14 Yrs 215 142 .602 2.89 450 385 52 224 38 21 3082.0 3055 1227 990 66 802 981 1.251
CLE (9 yrs) 172 123 .583 2.80 360 305 47 194 31 20 2502.1 2450 972 779 53 616 856 1.225
WSH (3 yrs) 36 17 .679 2.98 73 70 1 26 6 1 500.2 515 205 166 8 162 111 1.352
PHA (1 yr) 2 1 .667 3.43 5 2 2 2 1 0 21.0 18 9 8 0 4 9 1.048
NYY (1 yr) 5 1 .833 5.74 12 8 2 2 0 0 58.0 72 41 37 5 20 5 1.586
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/12/2013.