Pitchers are usually the team captains because they are chiefly in control of the game. Learn how starting pitching and closing pitching can make a difference in the win column.


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Hoyt Wilhelm

Hoyt Wilhelm is famous for becoming the first relief pitcher to become inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was the first pitcher to win an ERA crown without having ever pitched a complete game. Learn about the career of him here.

Hilton Smith

Hilton Smith earned his way into the Baseball Hall of Fame by amassing a 93-11 record from 1939 to 1942. One of his roles was as a long reliever to the great Satchel Paige. You can learn about baseball hall of famer Hilton Smith in this section.

Leon Day

Leon Day was a black baseball player in an era when organized baseball employed a color barrier. If he had lived in another era he might not have had to wait so long to gain recognition. He died just one week after hearing the news of his election to the Hall of Fame.

Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson made a contender of the Washington Senators. Johnson was nicknamed "The Big Train" because of his size and the velocity of his pitches. Find out why this pitcher was in the first Hall of Fame class and see his statistics.

Smokey Joe Williams

Smokey Joe Williams was voted the best Negro League pitcher of all time -- it used to take two catchers to hold him. By the time the fifth inning was over, the catcher's hand would be swollen!

Rube Marquard

Rube Marquard helped the Giants win three straight pennants in the 1910s. In his spare time he had show-business aspirations and appeared in vaudeville sketches and in movies and skits. Find out more about this Hall of Fame pitcher and see his statistics.

Waite Hoyt

Waite Hoyt pitched in six World Series and won five championships during his career. After his playing career ended, Waite Hoyt became the radio voice of the Cincinnati Reds. Find statistics and history for this hall-of-fame player.

Carl Hubbell

Carl Hubbell was a winner. He had to be to earn a nickname like “The Meal Ticket.” In his 16 years with John McGraw’s Giants, Hubbell won 253 games and lost 154, while posting a remarkable 2.97 earned run average.

Jesse Haines

Jesse Haines is famous for winning 210 games and leading the National League in complete games and shutouts. He relied on a blistering fastball and knuckleball to help him win games. You can learn about Jesse Haines and his career in this section.

Dizzy Dean

One of the most entertaining players in the history of baseball, and a member of the overpowering Gashouse Gang of the old St. Louis Cardinals, Dizzy Dean blazed across the baseball sky for five seasons.

Lefty Gomez

Lefty Gomez has the greatest World Series record in history and five championship rings to back up his success. He also won a record three All-Star games while losing just one. Gomez was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

Amos Rusie

Famous for his speed Amos Rusie was known as the "Hoosier Thunderbolt." Rusie is one of the few players in the Hall of Fame who spent fewer than 10 full seasons in the major leagues. Read bio and statistics for this Hall of Fame pitcher.

Jack Chesbro

Jack Chesbro holds the modern record for wins in a season with 41 in 1903. After a productive career, Chesbro was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946. You can see highlights of his career in this section.

Joe McGinnity

Joe McGinnity didn't earn the nickname "Iron Man" from playing baseball, but he might as well have. McGinnity was known for pitching both ends of double headers. In 1903, he set a record for winning three double headers in the same month.

Red Faber

When Red Faber posted his 254th and last victory in 1933, it was the next to last game won by an American League pitcher legally permitted to throw a spitball. Read how he got his nickname and what scandal he might have been able to prevent.

Christy Mathewson

Christy Mathewson left Bucknell University in 1899 to sign his first baseball contract. Seventeen years later, he retired with 373 victories and an almost universal recognition as the greatest pitcher in National League history to that time.

Red Ruffing

More tellingly than any other pitcher in history, Red Ruffing proved what can happen when a good hurler buried on a miserable team is traded to a contender. Read about his 15 season career that included 231 wins and a .651 winning percentage.

Kid Nichols

Kid Nichols was known for relying almost entirely on one pitch throughout his career - his fastball. He is the only 300 game winner in major league history to get by with just one type of pitch. Nichols was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1949.

Burleigh Grimes

When Burleigh Arland, won his 270th game in 1934, it was not only his final victory, it was also the last game in history won by a pitcher legally permitted to throw a spitball. Learn more about Hall of Famer.

Candy Cummings

William Arthur Cummings (1848-1924) came by his nickname of Candy in the late 1860s. During that period, when Cummings was first gaining prominence as a pitcher, "candy" was a popular term for anything that was one of the best of its kind. Cummings was clearly that.

Old Hoss Radbourn

Whether intentionally or accidentally, Charley Radbourn ended up giving himself his nickname. Discover why "Old Hoss" Radbourn was one of the greatest pitchers of 19th-century baseball and an all-around Hall of Fame player. Get stats and more.

Lefty Grove

Lefty Grove is considered to be the greatest left-handed pitcher ever and many consider him to be the best pitcher, period. He had a .707 winning percentage for the remaining 15 years of his career. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1947.

Eddie Plank

Eddie Plank won 17 games as a rookie with the Philadelphia A's and quickly became the bane not only of enemy hitters but also of American League umpires. Plank eventually became the first left-handed pitcher to win 300 games.

Clark Griffith

Although he lived to be 85 years old, Clark Griffith was given his nickname "The Old Fox" while in his 20s for using trickery, such as scuffing up baseballs, to make the most of his modest talent.

Bob Feller

Bob Feller lost four seasons to World War II while he was in the Navy, and if not, may have been the greatest pitcher in history. Learn more about this Hall of Fame pitcher.