Grover Alexander Stats

Grover Alexander was born on Saturday, February 26, 1887, in Elba, Nebraska. Alexander was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1911, with the Philadelphia Phillies. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Grover Alexander baseball stats page.

"He (Grover Alexander) could pitch into a tin can. His control was always remarkable - the finest I have ever seen." - Sportswriter Grantland Rice in Winningest Pitchers: Baseball's 300-Game Winners (Rich Westcott, Temple Univ Publishers, 07/2002, Page 89) [ Grover Alexander Quotes ]
Grover Alexander
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Birth Name:
Grover Cleveland Alexander
Nickname:
Pete or Old Pete or Ole' Pete
Born On:
02-26-1887  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Elba, Nebraska
Year of Death Data Died On:
11-04-1950 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
St. Paul, Nebraska
Cemetery:
Elmwood Cemetery, St. Paul, Nebraska Click For Grave Photo
High School:
St. Paul High School (St. Paul, NE)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
04-15-1911 (Age 24)
Last Game:
05-28-1930
Draft:
Not Applicable
Grover Alexander

Grover Alexander Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1911 24 Phillies 48 37 11 28 13 .683 2.57 31 7 3 367.0 1,475 285 105 133 5 129 - 227 4 8 1 -
1912 25 Phillies 46 34 10 19 17 .528 2.81 25 3 3 310.1 1,290 289 97 133 11 105 - 195 5 6 0 -
1913 26 Phillies 47 36 9 22 8 .733 2.79 23 9 2 306.1 1,234 288 95 106 9 75 - 159 3 3 0 -
1914 27 Phillies 46 39 7 27 15 .643 2.38 32 6 1 355.0 1,459 327 94 133 8 76 - 214 1 11 0 -
1915 28 Phillies 49 42 7 31 10 .756 1.22 36 12 3 376.1 1,435 253 51 86 3 64 - 241 2 10 0 -
1916 29 Phillies 48 45 3 33 12 .733 1.55 38 16 3 389.0 1,500 323 67 90 6 50 - 167 3 10 0 -
1917 30 Phillies 45 44 0 30 13 .698 1.83 34 8 0 388.0 1,529 336 79 107 4 56 - 200 2 6 0 -
1918 31 Cubs 3 3 0 2 1 .667 1.73 3 0 0 26.0 98 19 5 7 0 3 - 15 0 1 0 -
1919 32 Cubs 30 27 3 16 11 .593 1.72 20 9 1 235.0 906 180 45 51 3 38 - 121 1 0 0 -
1920 33 Cubs 46 40 6 27 14 .659 1.91 33 7 5 363.1 1,447 335 77 96 8 69 - 173 3 1 0 -
1921 34 Cubs 31 29 1 15 13 .536 3.39 21 3 1 252.0 1,033 286 95 110 10 33 - 77 1 1 0 -
1922 35 Cubs 33 31 2 16 13 .552 3.63 20 1 1 245.2 1,014 283 99 111 8 34 - 48 4 3 0 -
1923 36 Cubs 39 36 2 22 12 .647 3.19 26 3 2 305.0 1,246 308 108 128 17 30 - 72 2 0 0 -
1924 37 Cubs 21 20 0 12 5 .706 3.03 12 0 0 169.1 708 183 57 82 9 25 - 33 1 1 0 -
1925 38 Cubs 32 30 1 15 11 .577 3.39 20 1 0 236.0 977 270 89 106 14 29 - 63 1 3 0 -
1926 39 Cubs 7 7 0 3 3 .500 3.46 4 0 0 52.0 218 55 20 26 0 7 - 12 0 0 0 -
1926 39 Cardinals 23 16 7 9 7 .563 2.91 11 2 2 148.1 597 136 48 57 8 24 - 35 0 2 0 -
1927 40 Cardinals 37 30 4 21 10 .677 2.52 22 2 3 268.0 1,082 261 75 94 11 38 - 48 1 1 0 -
1928 41 Cardinals 34 31 2 16 9 .640 3.36 18 1 2 243.2 1,009 262 91 106 15 37 - 59 3 2 0 -
1929 42 Cardinals 22 19 3 9 8 .529 3.89 8 0 0 132.0 562 149 57 65 10 23 - 33 2 1 0 -
1930 43 Phillies 9 3 2 0 3 .000 9.14 0 0 0 21.2 109 40 22 24 5 6 - 6 0 0 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
20 Years 696 599 80 373 208 .642 2.56 437 90 32 5,190.0 20,928 4,868 1,476 1,851 164 951 - 2,198 39 70 1 -
Grover Alexander

Grover Alexander Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1911 24 Phillies 50 138 12 24 5 1 0 0 9 2 0 27 0 0 0 0 .174 .186 .225
1912 25 Phillies 46 102 7 19 4 0 2 0 13 6 0 14 9 0 0 0 .186 .231 .284
1913 26 Phillies 47 103 9 13 4 1 0 0 4 3 0 21 3 0 0 0 .126 .151 .184
1914 27 Phillies 48 137 18 32 3 0 0 0 7 3 0 12 2 0 1 0 .234 .255 .255
1915 28 Phillies 49 130 9 22 3 0 1 0 8 6 0 23 5 0 0 0 .169 .206 .215
1916 29 Phillies 49 138 10 33 7 4 0 0 9 5 0 15 3 0 0 0 .239 .266 .348
1917 30 Phillies 47 139 17 30 8 2 1 0 13 3 0 23 7 0 0 0 .216 .232 .324
1918 31 Cubs 3 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .100
1919 32 Cubs 30 70 6 12 1 0 0 0 4 10 0 18 4 0 0 0 .171 .275 .186
1920 33 Cubs 46 118 9 27 4 1 1 0 14 11 0 26 6 0 0 0 .229 .295 .305
1921 34 Cubs 31 95 8 29 3 1 1 0 14 2 0 13 5 0 0 0 .305 .320 .389
1922 35 Cubs 33 85 4 15 1 0 0 0 11 6 0 16 4 0 0 0 .176 .231 .188
1923 36 Cubs 39 111 10 24 3 1 1 0 10 1 0 11 7 0 0 0 .216 .223 .288
1924 37 Cubs 21 65 3 15 2 0 1 0 10 2 0 8 4 0 0 0 .231 .254 .308
1925 38 Cubs 32 79 7 19 4 1 2 0 12 1 0 5 9 0 0 0 .241 .250 .392
1926 39 Cubs 7 15 1 7 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 .467 .467 .600
1926 39 Cardinals 23 50 1 6 1 0 0 0 3 2 0 14 3 0 0 0 .120 .154 .140
1927 40 Cardinals 37 94 7 23 3 1 0 0 6 5 0 14 3 0 0 0 .245 .283 .298
1928 41 Cardinals 34 86 13 25 2 0 1 0 11 4 0 8 8 0 0 0 .291 .322 .349
1929 42 Cardinals 22 41 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 5 3 0 1 0 .049 .133 .049
1930 43 Phillies 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
20 Years 703 1,810 154 378 60 13 11 0 163 77 0 276 88 0 2 0 .209 .242 .275
Grover Alexander

Grover Alexander Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1911 Phillies P 48 37 1,101 110 2.3 106 11 95 4 3 n/a n/a n/a .964 2.60
1912 Phillies P 46 34 931 88 1.9 85 10 75 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.47
1913 Phillies P 47 36 919 92 2.0 92 10 82 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.70
1914 Phillies LF 1 0 5 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1914 Phillies P 46 39 1,065 123 2.7 120 18 102 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .976 3.04
1915 Phillies P 49 42 1,129 145 3.0 142 22 120 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .979 3.40
1916 Phillies P 48 45 1,167 120 2.5 119 17 102 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .992 2.75
1917 Phillies P 45 44 1,164 133 3.0 132 24 108 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .992 3.06
1918 Cubs P 3 3 78 8 2.7 8 0 8 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.77
1919 Cubs P 30 27 705 91 3.0 91 6 85 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.49
1920 Cubs P 46 40 1,090 115 2.5 113 8 105 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .983 2.80
1921 Cubs P 31 29 756 73 2.4 71 11 60 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.54
1922 Cubs P 33 31 737 78 2.4 78 9 69 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.86
1923 Cubs P 39 36 915 102 2.6 101 11 90 1 6 n/a n/a n/a .990 2.98
1924 Cubs P 21 20 508 59 2.8 57 4 53 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .966 3.03
1925 Cubs P 32 30 708 52 1.6 52 7 45 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.98
1926 Cubs P 7 7 156 20 2.9 20 1 19 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.46
1926 Cardinals P 23 16 445 43 1.9 41 2 39 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .953 2.49
1927 Cardinals P 37 30 804 74 2.0 74 8 66 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.49
1928 Cardinals P 34 31 731 61 1.8 61 4 57 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1929 Cardinals P 22 19 396 44 2.0 43 5 38 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.93
1930 Phillies P 9 3 65 2 0.2 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.83
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 696 599 15,570 1,633 2.3 1,608 189 1,419 25 50 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.79
LF Totals 1 0 5 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
20 Years 697 599 15,575 1,633 2.3 1,608 189 1,419 25 50 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.79
Grover Alexander

Grover Alexander Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1911 Phillies 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.1 15.3 1.76 5.57 3.16
1912 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 51.0 7.3 7.8 1.86 5.66 3.05
1913 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.9 25.8 2.12 4.67 2.20
1914 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 11.4 19.6 2.82 5.43 1.93
1915 Phillies 0 1 .000 0 0 n/a 130.0 5.7 16.3 3.77 5.76 1.53
1916 Phillies 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 9.2 15.3 3.34 3.86 1.16
1917 Phillies 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 139.0 6.0 10.7 3.57 4.64 1.30
1918 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.0 0.0 5.00 5.19 1.04
1919 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.9 17.5 3.18 4.63 1.46
1920 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 118.0 4.5 8.4 2.51 4.29 1.71
1921 Cubs 0 1 .000 0 0 n/a 95.0 7.3 6.8 2.33 2.75 1.18
1922 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.3 7.7 1.41 1.76 1.25
1923 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 111.0 10.1 11.1 2.40 2.12 0.89
1924 Cubs 0 1 .000 0 0 n/a 65.0 8.1 6.5 1.32 1.75 1.33
1925 Cubs 0 2 .000 0 0 n/a 39.5 15.8 6.6 2.17 2.40 1.11
1926 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 15.0 5.0 1.71 2.08 1.21
1926 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.6 16.7 1.46 2.12 1.46
1927 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.7 15.7 1.26 1.61 1.28
1928 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 86.0 10.8 7.8 1.59 2.18 1.37
1929 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 8.2 20.5 1.43 2.25 1.57
1930 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 2.49 2.49
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
20 Years 3 5 .375 0 0 n/a 164.5 6.6 11.1 2.31 3.81 1.65
Grover Alexander

Grover Alexander Miscellaneous Items of Interest

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Did you know that Grover Alexander was drafted into the United States Army during World War I and spent most of the 1918 season in France as a Sergeant with the 342nd Field Artillery? During combat, a shell exploded near him causing partial hearing loss and triggering the onset of epilepsy. Following his return from the War, Alexander suffered from shell shock and was plagued with epileptic seizures, which only exacerbated the problems he already was experiencing with alcohol.

Ty Cobb once commented ( Cobb: A Biography , Algonquin Books, 01/03/1996, Al Stump, Page 16), "Grover Cleveland Alexander wasn't drunk out there on the mound, the way people thought. He was an epileptic. Old Pete would fall down with a seizure between innings, then go back and pitch another shutout."

Grover Alexander Baseball Card
Grover Alexander | 1972 Fleer Baseball Card (#13) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Did you know that Grover Alexander holds the National League records for most shutouts in a career (90), most shutouts in a season (16), and most seasons leading his league in shutouts (7)? [ Shutout Records ] Join Baseball Almanac as we share some additional numbers of interest on Grover Alexander's Online Baseball Card:

3 - Grover Alexander was a Triple Crown Pitcher three times, tied for the most in baseball history. A Triple Crown of Pitching Triple Crown of Pitching ]

8 - Grover Alexander won 8 games on Opening Day , the most by any pitcher in the National League, one shy of the Major League record set by Walter Johnson , who had 9 Opening Day wins, all in the American League. [ Most Wins on Opening Day ]

12 - Grover Alexander was ranked the twelfth greatest by The Sporting News when they released their list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players in the history of baseball.

373 - Grover Alexander won 373 games in the National League, tied with Christy Mathewson - no pitcher has ever won more in the senior circuit. [ Wins Records ]

Grover Alexander Hall of Fame Plaque
Grover Alexander | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1938 ( HOF )
The Baseball Writers' Association of America passed over Grover Alexander in 1936 (24.3% voted for Old Pete) and 1937 (62.2% voted for Old Pete). In 1938, Old Pete was selected by 80.92% of the writers (19.08% of the writers chose not to vote for him), making him the fourth pitcher with a plaque in Cooperstown, joining Walter Johnson (Class of 1936, 83.63%), Christy Mathewson (Class of 1936, 90.71%), and Cy Young (Class of 1937, 76.12%).

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