Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Baseball Birthday...Old Hoss Radbourn

Today we celebrate the birthday of 19th Century baseball legend Old Hoss Radbourn.

Charles Radbourn was born on December 11th, 1854, in Rochester, New York.

Old Hoss is most famous for his 59 wins for the Providence Grays World 's Champions of 1884.

In that unbelievable 1884 baseball season, Old Hoss pitched nearly every day for the Gray's,  678 2/3 IP, faced 2,672  batters, threw 11 shutouts,  and managed to come in and save 2 games as well.

Radbourn made his big league debut at age 25 for the Buffalo Bisons, on May 5th, 1880.

Radbourn also pitched for the Boston Beaneaters (1886-1889), Boston Reds (1890), and Cincinnati Reds (1891).

It was the Providence Grays though, that defined the Hall of Fame career of Radbourn.

Between 1881 through 1885, Old Hoss had a 193-88 record, with a 1.96 ERA, an 1,228 strike outs and 26 shutouts.

Radbourn passed away on February 5, 1897, in Bloomington,  Illinois, at the age of just 42.

Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

If you have a Twitter account,  @OldHossRadbourn is a must follow.

Happy 159th Birthday Old Hoss!

Play Ball!

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