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Thursday, October 03, 2019

Baseball Hall of Famer Rube Waddell Gets His Due at the Curtis Theatre

As befits America’s sport, baseball is all about stories, both actual and apocryphal. Such as whether Babe Ruth actually “called his shot” in the 1932 World Series. Or if Waddell would run off the mound in mid-game to chase fire engines. Did he wrestle alligators, punch a lion in the face, or a have a contract forbidding he eat crackers in bed?

It is those sepia-tinged tales, the “Field of Dreams” fantasies, that make Waddell seem like baseball’s Peter Pan.

There are troubling stories as well. Did Waddell conspire with gamblers to fake an injury and sit out the 1905 World Series? Was he affected by a psychosis or attention deficit disorder? Because many mental disorders were not studied or diagnosed at the time, that part of Waddell will never be known.

 

Top pitchers 1900-09:

Player          WAR WAAERA+   SO   W   L     IP
Cy Young       75.4 45.5  140 1565 231 145 3344.0
Chr
Mathewson 67.7 44.1  142 1799 236 112 2974.2
Rube Waddell   58.5 33.5  136 2251 183 139 2835.1
Eddie Plank    56.4 32.5  120 1342 186 121 2666.0
Vic Willis     52.5 27.5  114 1304 188 172 3130.1
Joe McGinnity  51.6 25.8  117  994 218 126 3075.0
Addie Joss     44.6 24.8  143  871 155  92 2219.2
Jack Chesbro   42.0 18.1  112 1237 192 123 2747.2
Mordecai Brown 40.0 25.4  164  799 144  65 1827.2 
DanG Posted: October 03, 2019 at 05:12 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: biography, hall of fame, mental illness, philadelphia a's, rube waddell

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