Jack Chesbro

  • Card series: Pioneer Portraits II: 1875-1899
  • City: Richmond
  • Team: Bluebirds
  • League: Atlantic League
  • Hall: National Baseball Hall of Fame

John Dwight “Happy Jack” Chesbro (1874-1931) had the most formidable year as a pitcher in the modern era in 1904 with the New York Highlanders (Yankees.) Chesbro won 41 of 58 starts, completing 48—all unsurpassed since. The Veteran’s Committee elected him to Cooperstown in 1946 on the strength of that remarkable season.

  • Pitched the NY Highlanders’ first game in 1903
  • In his banner year, Chesbro began using the spitball, learned from inventor Elmer Stricklett
  • Elected to Hall of Fame: 1946

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