Stan Coveleski

  • Card series: Pilgrims
  • City: Lancaster
  • Team: Red Roses
  • League: Tri-State League
  • Hall: National Baseball Hall of Fame

Stanley Anthony Coveleski (1889-1984) was one of 17 pitchers grandfathered into the spitball fraternity when the pitch was otherwise outlawed in 1920. His skill with the loaded ball, making it dance “like a butterfly” enabled this veteran to win 20+ games five times and earn a berth in Cooperstown. Signed by Connie Mack at the end of the 1912 season, Coveleski threw a shutout in his first ML appearance. Still, Mack thought he needed development and sent him back to the minors. Came into his own with Cleveland from 1916-24, winning 3 complete games in the 1920 Series.

  • Once pitched 7 innings without throwing a ball. Had 224 complete games.
  • On May 24, 1918 hurled a 19-inning complete game victory over the Yankees
  • Feigned the spitter on every pitch but claimed he used it only every two or three innings
  • Elected to Hall of Fame: 1969

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