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Full Name: George Edward Waddell Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 1.5"/196 First Game: September 8, 1897
Birthdate: October 13, 1876 Final Game: August 1, 1910
Birthplace: Bradford, Pennsylvania MLB Experience: 13 years
Died: April 1, 1914
Deathplace: San Antonio, Texas
Bat/Throw: Right/Left
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946


Biography

Born on October 13, 1876 in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Rube Waddell (George Edward Waddell) played for the Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Orphans, Philadelphia Athletics and St. Louis Browns over the course of his 13 year career. Waddell broke into the bigs on September 8, 1897 with the Louisville Colonels, and put up a 3.08 ERA in 79 innings pitched in 1899, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Rube Waddell's best season was 1904, when he posted a 1.62 ERA, won 25 games and struck out 349 batters.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1897 LOU N 2 1 0 1 3.21 5 6 5 1 0 0 14 17 0 6 0 0 1
1899 LOU N 10 9 7 2 3.08 44 38 27 9 1 1 79 69 4 14 0 2 8
1900 PIT N 29 22 8 13 2.37 130 96 55 16 2 0 208.2 176 3 55 0 2 13
1901 PIT N 2 2 0 2 9.39 4 12 8 0 0 0 7.2 10 0 9 0 1 1
1901 CHI N 29 28 14 14 2.81 168 123 76 26 0 0 243.2 239 5 66 0 10 9
1901 TOT N 31 30 14 16 3.01 172 135 84 26 0 0 251.1 249 5 75 0 11 10
1902 PHI A 33 27 24 7 2.05 210 90 63 26 3 0 276.1 224 7 64 0 11 10
1903 PHI A 39 38 21 16 2.44 302 109 88 34 4 0 324 274 3 85 0 9 8
1904 PHI A 46 46 25 19 1.62 349 109 69 39 8 0 383 307 5 91 0 8 15
1905 PHI A 46 34 27 10 1.48 287 86 54 27 7 0 328.2 231 5 90 0 10 10
1906 PHI A 43 34 15 17 2.21 196 89 67 22 8 0 272.2 221 1 92 0 10 10
1907 PHI A 44 33 19 13 2.15 232 115 68 20 7 0 284.2 234 2 73 0 4 16
1908 STL A 43 36 19 14 1.89 232 93 60 25 5 3 285.2 223 0 90 0 7 8
1909 STL A 31 28 11 14 2.37 141 78 58 16 5 0 220.1 204 1 57 0 3 7
1910 STL A 10 2 3 1 3.55 16 19 13 0 0 1 33 31 1 11 0 0 1
Total NL 72 62 29 32 2.78 351 275 171 52 3 1 553 511 12 150 0 15 32
Total AL 335 278 164 111 2.02 1965 788 540 209 47 4 2408.1 1949 25 653 0 62 85
Total 407 340 193 143 2.16 2316 1063 711 261 50 5 2961.1 2460 37 803 0 77 117

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1897 LOU N P 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1899 LOU N P 10 0 0 4 14 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .900
1900 PIT N P 29 0 0 12 49 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .924
1901 PIT N P 2 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .800
1901 CHI N 1B 1 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1901 CHI N P 29 0 0 32 62 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .959
1901 TOT N P 31 0 0 32 66 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .951
1902 PHI A P 33 0 0 15 64 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 .919
1903 PHI A P 39 0 0 17 77 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 .931
1904 PHI A P 46 0 0 27 105 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 .936
1905 PHI A P 46 0 0 13 89 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 .872
1906 PHI A P 43 0 0 15 64 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .929
1907 PHI A P 44 0 0 17 67 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 .875
1908 STL A P 43 0 0 5 79 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 .894
1909 STL A P 31 0 0 13 56 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 .863
1910 STL A P 10 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .750
Total 1B 1 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total P 407 0 0 170 740 91 16 0 0 0 0 0 .909

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1897 LOU N 2 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1899 LOU N 10 34 2 8 0 3 .235 .235 .294 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1900 PIT N 30 81 6 14 0 9 .173 .183 .272 2 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
1901 PIT N 2 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1901 CHI N 30 98 16 25 2 14 .255 .270 .408 3 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
1901 TOT N 32 101 16 25 2 14 .248 .262 .396 3 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
1902 PHI A 34 112 8 32 1 18 .286 .310 .402 6 2 4 0 0 1 1 0 0
1903 PHI A 39 115 4 14 0 6 .122 .151 .139 2 0 3 0 1 5 0 0 0
1904 PHI A 46 139 6 17 0 6 .122 .164 .144 3 0 6 0 1 1 0 0 0
1905 PHI A 46 116 4 20 0 10 .172 .200 .216 3 1 4 0 0 6 0 0 0
1906 PHI A 43 86 5 14 0 3 .163 .242 .198 1 1 8 0 1 5 2 0 0
1907 PHI A 44 101 4 12 0 3 .119 .152 .139 2 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 0
1908 STL A 43 91 4 10 1 8 .110 .190 .187 4 0 8 0 1 3 0 0 0
1909 STL A 31 75 2 5 0 2 .067 .103 .080 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
1910 STL A 10 9 0 1 0 1 .111 .200 .111 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Total NL 74 222 24 47 2 26 .212 .222 .324 7 6 2 0 1 0 3 0 0
Total AL 336 844 37 125 2 57 .148 .191 .191 22 4 40 0 5 23 3 0 0
Total 410 1066 61 172 4 83 .161 .197 .219 29 10 42 0 6 23 6 0 0

Transactions

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Louisville Colonels (August 25, 1897).
  • Sent to Detroit (Western) by Louisville Colonels for future considerations (November, 1897).
  • Selected by Louisville Colonels from Detroit (Western) in the Rule 5 major league draft (September, 1898).
  • Loaned to Columbus-Grand Rapids (Western) by Louisville Colonels (1899).
  • Returned to Louisville Colonels (@September 9, 1899).
  • Traded by Louisville Colonels with Bert Cunningham, Deacon Phillippe, Jack Wadsworth, Chief Zimmer, Tacks Latimer, Tom Messitt, Mike Kelley, Claude Ritchey, Tommy Leach, Fred Clarke and Honus Wagner to Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Jack Chesbro, Paddy Fox, John O'Brien, Art Madison and $25000 (December 8, 1899).
  • Loaned to Milwaukee (American) by Pittsburgh Pirates (July 25, 1900).
  • Returned to Pittsburgh Pirates (@August 29, 1900).
  • Sold by Pittsburgh Pirates to Chicago Orphans (May 2, 1901).
  • Sold by Philadelphia Athletics to St. Louis Browns (February 7, 1908).

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