Jack Stivetts Stats

Jack Stivetts was born on Tuesday, March 31, 1868, in Ashland, Pennsylvania. Stivetts was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 26, 1889, with the St. Louis Browns. 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 Jack Stivetts baseball stats page.

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"Happy Jack Stivetts record is better than some pitchers in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Lifetime, he's 204-131 with a 3.74 ERA and a .609 winning percentage, the latter among the highest in history. He completed 278 of 332 games. Four times he threw over 400 innings in a season. He has more wins than Dizzy Dean (150), Dazzy Vance (197), Jack Chesbro (199), Rube Marquard (201), and Lefty Gomez (189). His ERA is lower than Red Ruffing's (3.80) and virtually identical to Ted Lyons ' 3.67 and Waite Hoyt's 3.59. And Stivetts' is brought way up by the fact that he was pitching when the distance between home plate and the mound went from 50 feet to 60 feet six inches, and all ERAs skyrocketed. Perhaps the most similar pitcher is Jesse Haines , who went 210-158 with 3.64 in 18 years. Stivetts' record was compiled in ten. And like pitcher Smoky Joe Wood , Stivetts became an outsider after he threw out his pitching arm. His lifetime batting average is .297. Every one of those pitchers is in the Hall of Fame, except Jack Stivetts." - The Standard-Speaker (L.A. Tarone, Happy Jack Stivetts belongs in Cooperstown , 09/16/2001, Page 9)

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Birth Name:
John Elmer Stivetts
Nickname:
Happy Jack, Jack
Born On:
03-31-1868  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Ashland, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
04-18-1930 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Ashland, Pennsylvania
Cemetery:
Brock Cemetery, Ashland, Pennsylvania
High School:
Undetermined
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
06-26-1889 (Age 21)
Last Game:
06-12-1899
Draft:
Not Applicable

Jack Stivetts

Jack Stivetts Pitching Stats

1889 21 Browns 26 20 6 12 7 .632 2.25 18 2 1 191.2 814 153 48 85 4 68 - 143 16 0 0 -
1890 22 Browns 54 46 8 27 21 .563 3.52 41 3 0 419.1 1,782 399 164 255 14 179 - 289 33 14 0 -
1891 23 Browns 64 56 8 33 22 .600 2.86 40 3 1 440.0 1,701 357 140 237 15 232 - 259 25 0 0 -
1892 24 Beaneaters 54 48 6 35 16 .686 3.03 45 3 1 415.2 0 346 140 223 12 171 - 180 15 0 0 -
1893 25 Beaneaters 38 34 4 20 12 .625 4.41 29 1 1 283.2 0 315 139 194 17 115 - 61 6 0 0 -
1894 26 Beaneaters 45 39 6 26 14 .650 4.90 30 0 0 338.0 0 429 184 278 27 127 - 76 11 0 0 -
1895 27 Beaneaters 38 34 4 17 17 .500 4.64 30 0 0 291.0 0 341 150 219 15 89 - 111 6 0 0 -
1896 28 Beaneaters 42 36 6 22 14 .611 4.10 31 2 0 329.0 0 353 150 219 20 99 - 71 5 0 0 -
1897 29 Beaneaters 18 15 2 11 4 .733 3.41 10 0 0 129.1 0 147 49 75 5 43 - 27 2 5 0 -
1898 30 Beaneaters 2 1 1 0 1 .000 8.25 1 0 0 12.0 0 17 11 12 2 7 - 1 0 0 0 -
1899 31 Spiders 7 4 1 0 4 .000 5.68 3 0 0 38.0 0 48 24 39 0 25 - 5 3 2 0 -
11 Years 388 333 52 203 132 .606 3.74 278 14 4 2,887.2 4,297 2,905 1,199 1,836 131 1,155 - 1,223 122 21 0 -

Jack Stivetts

Jack Stivetts Hitting Stats

1889 21 Browns 27 79 12 18 2 2 0 0 7 3 - 13 - - 1 - .228 .265 .304
1890 22 Browns 67 226 36 65 15 6 7 1 43 16 - - - - 1 - .288 .337 .500
1891 23 Browns 85 302 45 92 10 2 7 0 54 10 - 32 - - 2 - .305 .331 .421
1892 24 Beaneaters 71 240 40 71 14 2 3 0 36 27 - 28 - - 1 - .296 .369 .408
1893 25 Beaneaters 50 172 32 51 5 6 3 0 25 12 - 14 - - 0 - .297 .342 .448
1894 26 Beaneaters 68 244 55 80 12 7 8 0 64 16 - 21 3 - 0 - .328 .369 .533
1895 27 Beaneaters 46 158 20 30 6 4 0 0 24 6 - 18 2 - 0 - .190 .220 .278
1896 28 Beaneaters 67 221 42 76 9 6 3 0 49 12 - 10 4 - 1 - .344 .380 .480
1897 29 Beaneaters 61 199 41 73 9 9 2 0 37 15 - 12 1 - 2 - .367 .417 .533
1898 30 Beaneaters 41 111 16 28 1 1 2 0 16 10 - 8 4 - 0 - .252 .314 .333
1899 31 Spiders 18 39 8 8 1 1 0 0 2 6 - 2 0 - 1 - .205 .326 .282
11 Years 601 1,991 347 592 84 46 35 1 357 133 - 158 14 - 9 - .297 .344 .438

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Jack Stivetts Fielding Stats

1889 Browns P 26 20 575 48 1.8 43 12 31 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .896 2.02
1889 Browns RF 1 - - 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1890 Browns 1B 3 - - 26 8.7 25 25 0 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .962 0.00
1890 Browns CF 10 - - 22 2.2 19 16 3 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .864 0.00
1890 Browns P 54 46 1,258 123 2.3 110 24 86 13 3 n/a n/a n/a .894 2.36
1891 Browns OF 24 - - 34 1.4 32 29 3 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .941 0.00
1891 Browns P 64 56 1,320 147 2.3 132 22 110 15 2 n/a n/a n/a .898 2.70
1892 Beaneaters 1B 1 - - 6 6.0 5 5 0 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .833 0.00
1892 Beaneaters OF 18 - - 35 1.9 32 31 1 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .914 0.00
1892 Beaneaters P 54 48 1,247 125 2.3 113 17 96 12 5 n/a n/a n/a .904 2.45
1893 Beaneaters 3B 3 - - 10 3.3 7 3 4 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .700 0.00
1893 Beaneaters OF 8 - - 17 2.1 16 15 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .941 0.00
1893 Beaneaters P 38 34 851 66 1.7 63 13 50 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.00
1894 Beaneaters 1B 4 - - 35 8.8 34 30 4 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .971 0.00
1894 Beaneaters OF 16 - - 40 2.5 32 30 2 8 1 n/a n/a n/a .800 0.00
1894 Beaneaters P 45 39 1,014 70 1.6 66 19 47 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .943 1.76
1895 Beaneaters 1B 5 - - 52 10.4 51 48 3 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .981 0.00
1895 Beaneaters OF 2 - - 4 2.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1895 Beaneaters P 38 34 873 77 2.0 74 24 50 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .961 2.29
1896 Beaneaters 1B 5 - - 47 9.4 44 41 3 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .936 0.00
1896 Beaneaters 3B 1 - - 4 4.0 1 0 1 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .250 0.00
1896 Beaneaters OF 12 - - 24 2.0 20 19 1 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 0.00
1896 Beaneaters P 42 36 987 92 2.2 87 30 57 5 3 n/a n/a n/a .946 2.38
1897 Beaneaters 1B 2 - - 18 9.0 17 16 1 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .944 0.00
1897 Beaneaters 2B 2 - - 8 4.0 7 2 5 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 0.00
1897 Beaneaters OF 29 - - 54 1.9 50 47 3 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .926 0.00
1897 Beaneaters P 18 15 388 41 2.3 39 3 36 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .951 2.71
1898 Beaneaters 1B 10 - - 72 7.2 70 69 1 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .972 0.00
1898 Beaneaters 2B 2 - - 16 8.0 13 6 7 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .813 0.00
1898 Beaneaters OF 14 - - 22 1.6 20 19 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .909 0.00
1898 Beaneaters P 2 1 36 5 2.5 5 0 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.75
1898 Beaneaters SS 4 - - 14 3.5 11 3 8 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .786 0.00
1899 Spiders 3B 1 - - 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1899 Spiders OF 7 - - 12 1.7 12 11 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1899 Spiders P 7 4 114 18 2.6 18 2 16 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.26
1899 Spiders SS 1 - - 4 4.0 3 1 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 0.00
P Totals 388 333 8,663 812 2.1 750 166 584 62 17 n/a n/a n/a .924 2.34
OF Totals 130 0 0 242 1.9 218 205 13 24 6 n/a n/a n/a .901 0.00
1B Totals 30 0 0 256 8.5 246 234 12 10 15 n/a n/a n/a .961 0.00
CF Totals 10 0 0 22 2.2 19 16 3 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .864 0.00
SS Totals 5 0 0 18 3.6 14 4 10 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .778 0.00
3B Totals 5 0 0 15 3.0 9 3 6 6 1 n/a n/a n/a .600 0.00
2B Totals 4 0 0 24 6.0 20 8 12 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .833 0.00
RF Totals 1 0 0 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
11 Years 573 333 8,663 1,390 2.4 1,276 636 640 114 42 n/a n/a n/a .918 3.98

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Jack Stivetts Miscellaneous Stats

1889 Browns 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.1 11.3 2.10 6.71 3.19
1890 Browns 2 - - 0 0 n/a 32.3 0.0 5.3 1.61 6.20 3.84
1891 Browns 4 - - 0 0 n/a 43.1 9.4 5.6 1.12 5.30 4.75
1892 Beaneaters 8 - - 0 0 n/a 80.0 8.6 6.7 1.05 3.90 3.70
1893 Beaneaters 6 - - 0 0 n/a 57.3 12.3 6.9 0.53 1.94 3.65
1894 Beaneaters 3 - - 0 0 n/a 30.5 11.6 3.8 0.60 2.02 3.38
1895 Beaneaters 1 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 8.8 6.6 1.25 3.43 2.75
1896 Beaneaters 4 - - 0 0 n/a 73.7 22.1 4.5 0.72 1.94 2.71
1897 Beaneaters 2 - - 0 0 n/a 99.5 16.6 5.4 0.63 1.88 2.99
1898 Beaneaters 1 - - 0 0 n/a 55.5 13.9 6.9 0.14 0.75 5.25
1899 Spiders 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 19.5 19.5 0.20 1.18 5.92
11 Years 31 - - 0 0 n/a 56.9 12.6 5.6 1.06 3.81 3.60

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Jack Stivetts Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1889 St. Louis Browns n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
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1891 St. Louis Browns n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1892 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1893 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1894 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1895 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1896 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1897 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1898 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1899 Cleveland Spiders n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
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John Elmer Stivetts was a Major League Baseball player who pitched for the St. Louis Browns (1889-1891), Boston Beaneaters (1892-1898) and Cleveland Spiders (1899). Happy Jack, his nickname, was widely regarded as one of the best pitchers in baseball during his career, winning twenty-or-more games six times, including five consecutive 20-win seasons (1890-1894). No known baseball cards were ever made with Jack Stivetts:

Jack Stivetts MLB Photo

Jack Stivetts Photograph | Library of Congress | Photographer Not Known

The New York Times (Fred Tenney, 03/14/1911) wrote, "Stivetts, though one of the regular pitchers ... was as natural a batsman as ever stepped to the plate." How natural? In 1897, Happy Jack pitched (18 games), played outfield (29 games), and infield (4 games), finishing the season with a .367 batting average — the highest on the pennant-winning Beaneaters team!

Why wasn't Jack Stivetts ever placed in baseball's Hall of Fame?"

The figures he revealed make many of today's super-stars appear puny in comparison because Stivetts wasn't just a great pitcher, but he was a power hitter as well."

"Since I'm a baseball buff," Doyle says, "I took an immediate interest in the history of Jack Stivetts. I learned he was born in Ashland, March 31, 1868, and died in Ashland April 18, 1930. Known as 'Happy Jack,' his career began with St. Louis of the American Association, at that time of major league status, in 1889. He was their leading pitcher for three seasons (1889, 1890, 1891).

"Stivetts then joined the great Boston Nationals in 1892 and was with them seven years, during which time he was their leading pitcher for four years. Also, during this period of time the Boston team won four National League pennants. Stivetts finished his playing career with the Cleveland Nationals in 1899.

"One has to conjecture," Doyle sums up, "that Jack must have injured his arm in 1897 when he started only 15 games and won 10, but his pitching career ended abruptly. Prior to this time, however, he was a real workhouse, pitching in more than 400 innings over a three-year period.

"Stivetts," concluded Doyle, "is certainly worthy of baseball's Hall of Fame. He's one of 13 pitchers prior to 1900 who won more than two hundred games, and for that era he has the sixth highest percentage of .616.

"Another interesting aspect of his ability is that Stivetts was an extremely versatile baseball player, equally at home playing first, second, shortstop and the outfield. And, considering that when he played it was the period of the 'dead' ball. He went to the plate 1991 times and emerged with a .297 average. This includes 35 home runs.

"What makes Jack's career more interesting is that since 1900 Wesley Ferrell is the pitcher with the most home runs during a career (38) and for a season (9). He is followed by Bob Lemon (37 and 7), Charley 'Red' Ruffing (36 and 5) and Warren Spahn (35 and 4). Stivetts, according to the record book, hit eight one year and two other years hit seven in each.

Source: The Evening Herald. Stivetts Tops. July 26, 1976.

The Atlanta Braves were once the Milwaukee Braves , who were once the Boston Braves , and on August 6, 1892, Jack Stivetts, pitching for that same franchise (who was known as the Boston Beaneaters at that time), pitched the first no-hitter in team history!

Jack Stivetts No Hitter

Jack Stivetts No-Hitter | August 7, 1892 | St. Louis Globe Democrat

Last-Modified: August 6, 2020 5:34 AM EST

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