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Hal Newhouser

At the age of 17, Hal Newhouser was signed to the Detroit Tigers and shined despite his age. You can learn about the career of this hall of fame pitcher and see his stats in this section.

Three Finger Brown

Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown lost part of his hand in a farming accident as a child, but this "disfigured" hand gave the ball extra movement and ultimately landed him a coveted place in the Hall of Fame.

Addie Joss

Addie Joss was so dominant in his nine years of pro ball that an exception to the 10-year rule was made for him to enter the Hall of Fame. Find out why this pitcher made it to Cooperstown and see his career statistics.

Chief Bender

As a member of Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's from 1903 to 1914, Charles Albert Bender (1884-1954) was surrounded by fellow All-Star pitchers Eddie Plank and Rube Waddell and backed up by the famous "$100,000 Infield."

Ed Walsh

Initially, Edward Augustine had an overpowering fastball and little else, but came away as the last pitcher to win 40 games, despite poor run support by his Chicago White Sox teams.

Vic Willis

Vic Willis known as The Delaware Peach won a World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Willis was one of the hardest-working pitchers ever, completing 388 of his 471 starts. Learn about the Hall of Fame pitcher and see his statistics.

Rube Waddell

Rube Waddell had plenty of two things: baseball talent and personal demons. While talented enough to start his career pitching for the Louisville Colonels without any previous pro experience, he was a big drinker and would disappear to go fishing. Read more.

Bill Foster

Bill Foster won 23 games in a row and 26 overall in 1926 with a league record of 11-4. The shrewd lefty was known for responding to pressure situations. Foster was elected to the Hall in 1996. Read about this Hall of Fame pitcher.

Martin Dihigo

During his career Martin Dihigo hit over .400 three times and played several positions all while crossing and recrossing the 90 miles of water between the Cuba and the U.S. in his early career. See why Martin was the only player to be in the Cuban, Mexican, and American halls of fame.

Herb Pennock

Herb Pennock is best know for being the best-remembered pitcher on Babe Ruth's Yankees. He had trouble throughout his career overcoming bad teams, but he took full advantage of the good ones. You can see the statistics of his career in this section.

Eppa Rixey

Prior to Warren Spahn, Eppa Rixey held the NL record for the most career wins by a left-handed pitcher (266). He still holds the major-league record for the most career losses (251) by a southpaw.

Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige swept the Negro League in the 1930s to become a major-league star. Paige was so popular that fans would not come to see his teams unless he pitched, so he would pitch every day.

Tim Keefe

Tim Keefe played alongside Mickey Welch creating a formidable pitching duo. In his first nine full seasons in the major leagues, he labored 4,103 innings and racked up 285 victories. Read bio and statistics for this Hall of Fame pitcher.

Mickey Welch

“Smiling Mickey” Welch attributed his remarkable pitching success to drinking beer, though he had the second shortest career of any 300-game winner in history. See why he was called "Smiling Mikey" and get stats for this Hall of Fame player.

John Clarkson

John Clarkson debuted in major league baseball with Worcester of the National League in 1882. At the age of 23, he amassed a record of 53-16 with the Chicago White Stockings, the second-highest in baseball history. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1963.

Grover Alexander

Grover "Pete" Alexander was one of the great baseball players, but he struggled with a sore arm and alcohol abuse throughout his career. The statistics for this Hall of Fame pitcher are available here.

Stan Coveleski

Stan Coveleski's baseball career includes some amazing pitches and World Series triumphs. He once worked a contest in which he did not have a ball called against him until the eighth inning.

Dazzy Vance

No player in the Hall of Fame took longer to make his mark in the major leagues than Dazzy Vance. Clarence Arthur Vance was nicknamed by an uncle who noted the way he idolized a cowboy entertainer who pronounced daisy as dazzy.

Al Spalding

Al Spalding was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939 as both a player and a pioneer. He was instrumental in negotiating the peace settlement between the American and National Leagues. See bio and statistics for this world-class pitcher.

Pud Galvin

One of the most colorful performers in the 19th century, Pud Galvin is the only pitcher in history to win 20 or more games on 10 different occasions without ever playing on a pennant winner. Discover how he got his nickname and view his stats.

Rube Foster

Rube Foster, the "Father of Black Baseball," ran away from home in the 1890s to chase his baseball dreams. In 1919 he put together the Negro National League to prepare players for major league race integration. Learn more about this pitcher and revolutionary.

Bullet Joe Rogan

His given name was Wilbur, but he quickly acquired one of baseball’s greatest nicknames -- “Bullet Joe.” There may have never been a more complete player. Get statistics and history on this famous pitcher and manager.

Cy Young

An enterprising sportswriter shortened “cyclone” to “Cy” after seeing the young Denton True Young warming up against a wooden fence. Young would never again be known by any other name during his professional career.

Hall of Fame Pitchers

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown also celebrates some of the greatest pitchers the game of baseball has ever seen. You can learn about the careers of some of the greatest pitchers found in the Hall of Fame in this section.