Rube Waddell Stats

Rube Waddell was born on Friday, October 13, 1876, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Waddell was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 8, 1897, with the Louisville Colonels. 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 Rube Waddell baseball stats page.

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Birth Name:
George Edward Waddell
Nickname:
Rube
Born On:
10-13-1876  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Bradford, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
04-01-1914 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
San Antonio, Texas
Cemetery:
Mission Burial Park, San Antonio, Texas Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Undetermined
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
196
First Game:
09-08-1897 (Age 20)
Last Game:
08-01-1910
Draft:
Not Applicable

Rube Waddell

Rube Waddell Pitching Stats

1897 21 Colonels 2 1 1 0 1 .000 3.21 1 0 0 14.0 64 17 5 6 0 6 - 5 0 1 0 -
1899 23 Colonels 10 9 1 7 2 .778 3.08 9 1 1 79.0 316 69 27 38 4 14 - 44 2 8 0 -
1900 24 Pirates 29 22 7 8 13 .381 2.37 16 2 0 208.2 838 176 55 96 3 55 - 130 2 13 0 -
1901 25 Pirates 2 2 0 0 2 .000 9.39 0 0 0 7.2 42 10 8 12 0 9 - 4 1 1 0 -
1901 25 Orphans 29 28 1 14 14 .500 2.81 26 0 0 243.2 1,013 239 76 123 5 66 - 168 8 9 0 -
1902 26 Athletics 33 27 5 24 7 .774 2.05 26 3 0 276.1 1,081 224 63 90 7 64 - 210 10 10 0 -
1903 27 Athletics 39 38 1 21 16 .568 2.44 34 4 0 324.0 1,291 274 88 109 3 85 - 302 9 8 0 -
1904 28 Athletics 46 46 0 25 19 .568 1.62 39 8 0 383.0 1,496 307 69 109 5 91 - 349 8 14 0 -
1905 29 Athletics 46 34 11 27 10 .730 1.48 27 7 0 328.2 1,257 231 54 86 5 90 - 287 10 10 2 -
1906 30 Athletics 43 34 7 15 17 .469 2.21 22 8 0 272.2 1,086 221 67 89 1 92 - 196 10 10 1 -
1907 31 Athletics 44 33 4 19 13 .594 2.15 20 7 0 284.2 1,121 234 68 115 2 73 - 232 4 15 0 -
1908 32 Browns 43 36 6 19 14 .576 1.89 25 5 3 285.2 1,143 223 60 93 0 90 - 232 7 8 0 -
1909 33 Browns 31 28 3 11 14 .440 2.37 16 5 0 220.1 829 204 58 78 1 57 - 141 3 7 0 -
1910 34 Browns 10 2 6 3 1 .750 3.55 0 0 1 33.0 140 31 13 19 1 11 - 16 0 1 0 -
13 Years 407 340 53 193 143 .574 2.16 261 50 5 2,961.1 11,717 2,460 711 1,063 37 803 - 2,316 74 115 3 -

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Rube Waddell Hitting Stats

1897 21 Colonels 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 - 0 - .000 .000 .000
1899 23 Colonels 10 34 2 8 2 0 0 0 3 0 - 7 0 - 0 - .235 .235 .294
1900 24 Pirates 30 81 6 14 2 3 0 0 9 0 - 15 0 - 1 - .173 .183 .272
1901 25 Pirates 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 22 0 - 0 - .000 .000 .000
1901 25 Orphans 30 98 16 25 3 3 2 0 14 2 - 1 0 - 0 - .255 .270 .408
1902 26 Athletics 34 112 8 32 6 2 1 0 18 4 - 17 1 - 0 - .286 .310 .402
1903 27 Athletics 39 115 4 14 2 0 0 0 6 3 - 36 5 - 1 - .122 .151 .139
1904 28 Athletics 46 139 6 17 3 0 0 0 6 6 - 37 1 - 1 - .122 .164 .144
1905 29 Athletics 46 116 4 20 3 1 0 0 10 4 - 34 6 - 0 - .172 .200 .216
1906 30 Athletics 43 86 5 14 1 1 0 0 3 8 - 32 5 - 1 - .163 .242 .198
1907 31 Athletics 44 101 4 12 2 0 0 0 3 4 - 38 2 0 0 - .119 .152 .139
1908 32 Browns 43 91 4 10 4 0 1 0 8 8 - 35 3 0 1 - .110 .190 .187
1909 33 Browns 31 75 2 5 1 0 0 0 2 3 - 23 0 0 0 - .067 .103 .080
1910 34 Browns 10 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 2 0 0 1 - .111 .200 .111
13 Years 410 1,066 61 172 29 10 4 0 83 42 - 300 23 0 6 - .161 .197 .219

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Rube Waddell Fielding Stats

1897 Colonels P 2 1 42 4 2.0 4 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.57
1899 Colonels P 10 9 237 20 2.0 18 4 14 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .900 2.05
1900 Pirates P 29 22 626 66 2.3 61 12 49 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .924 2.63
1901 Pirates P 2 2 23 5 2.5 4 0 4 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .800 4.70
1901 Orphans 1B 1 - - 6 6.0 6 6 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1901 Orphans P 29 28 731 98 3.4 94 32 62 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .959 3.47
1902 Athletics P 33 27 829 86 2.6 79 15 64 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .919 2.57
1903 Athletics P 39 38 972 101 2.6 94 17 77 7 3 n/a n/a n/a .931 2.61
1904 Athletics P 46 46 1,149 141 3.1 132 27 105 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .936 3.10
1905 Athletics P 46 34 986 117 2.5 102 13 89 15 3 n/a n/a n/a .872 2.79
1906 Athletics P 43 34 818 85 2.0 79 15 64 6 0 n/a n/a n/a .929 2.61
1907 Athletics P 44 33 854 96 2.2 84 17 67 12 3 n/a n/a n/a .875 2.66
1908 Browns P 43 36 857 94 2.2 84 5 79 10 1 n/a n/a n/a .894 2.65
1909 Browns P 31 28 661 80 2.6 69 13 56 11 1 n/a n/a n/a .863 2.82
1910 Browns P 10 2 99 8 0.8 6 0 6 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 1.64
P Totals 407 340 8,884 1,001 2.5 910 170 740 91 16 n/a n/a n/a .909 2.77
1B Totals 1 0 0 6 6.0 6 6 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
13 Years 408 340 8,884 1,007 2.5 916 176 740 91 17 n/a n/a n/a .910 2.78

Rube Waddell

Rube Waddell Miscellaneous Stats

1897 Colonels 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.0 0.0 0.83 3.21 3.86
1899 Colonels 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.9 11.3 3.14 5.01 1.59
1900 Pirates 1 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.4 9.0 2.36 5.61 2.37
1901 Pirates 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.44 4.70 10.56
1901 Orphans 2 - - 0 0 n/a 49.0 98.0 7.0 2.55 6.21 2.44
1902 Athletics 1 - - 0 0 n/a 112.0 6.6 6.2 3.28 6.84 2.08
1903 Athletics 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.2 19.2 3.55 8.39 2.36
1904 Athletics 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.8 23.2 3.84 8.20 2.14
1905 Athletics 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.4 11.6 3.19 7.86 2.46
1906 Athletics 2 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.7 28.7 2.13 6.47 3.04
1907 Athletics 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.7 33.7 3.18 7.33 2.31
1908 Browns 0 - - 0 0 n/a 91.0 2.6 11.4 2.58 7.31 2.84
1909 Browns 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.3 37.5 2.47 5.76 2.33
1910 Browns 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.5 9.0 1.45 4.36 3.00
13 Years 6 - - 0 0 n/a 266.5 3.6 12.8 2.88 7.04 2.44

Rube Waddell

Rube Waddell Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1897 Louisville Colonels n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1899 Louisville Colonels n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1900 Pittsburgh Pirates n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1901 Pittsburgh Pirates n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1901 Chicago Orphans n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1902 Philadelphia Athletics n/a $2,700.00 n/a n/a
1903 Philadelphia Athletics n/a $3,000.00 n/a -
1904 Philadelphia Athletics n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1905 Philadelphia Athletics n/a Undetermined n/a -
1906 Philadelphia Athletics n/a $1,200.00 n/a -
1907 Philadelphia Athletics n/a Undetermined n/a -
1908 St. Louis Browns n/a Undetermined n/a -
1909 St. Louis Browns n/a $1,200.00 n/a -
1910 St. Louis Browns n/a $2,800.00 n/a -
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George Edward Waddell was a Major League Baseball player who pitched for the Louisville Colonels (1897, 1899), Pittsburgh Pirates Chicago Orphans (1901), Philadelphia Athletics (1902–1907) and St. Louis Browns (1908–1910). Rube, his nickname, led every American League (AL) pitcher in 1910 , in games won (27), ERA (1.48), and strikeouts (287) - becoming the first left-handed AL pitcher to earn a Triple Crown . Did you know Cy Young was the first righty in the junior circuit?

Did you know Rube Waddell, on July 1, 1902, struck out the side ( Billy Gilbert , Harry Howell , Jim Cronin ), in the third inning, and recorded the first Immaculate Inning ( Exactly 9 Pitches Thrown - ALL 9 Were Strikes ) in American League history?

Did you know Rube Waddell, who once performed as an alligator wrestler, was a bit strange? How strange? The back of his 1984 Sporting News baseball card (#56) shared a couple items of interest:

"Waddell ranks as one of the greatest and wackiest pitchers ever. He won 191 games in a shortened career caused by his eccentricities. All other causes take second place. Rube was an eternal sophomore, leaving the mound at the sound of fire engines and jumping the club if he saw a river or pond that looked like it had fish in it.

A great swimmer, he once nearly drowned. A gal was unfaithful to him and, in grief, he ran to the end of a dock and jumped in. Unknown to Rube at the time, the tide was out and he landed headfirst in oozy mud. Teammates had to get him dragged out before he suffocated.

Rube liked booze, too. One day he came into the lobby of the club hotel in custody of a sheriff. Connie Mack , his long-suffering manager, asked what was going on. Rube, who was supposed to pitch that day, said he was arrested for his remarks to pretty gals passing by and he needed $10 to get bailed out. Connie gave the sheriff a ten spot and they left. Connie , suspicious for a good reason, took a saunter down the sidewalk and looked into the nearest bar. There was Rube and his phoney sheriff drinking up Mack's money."

Rube Waddell Hall of Fame Plaque
Rube Waddell | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1946 ( HOF )
In 1883 Francis Richter founded the Sporting Life , a weekly magazine devoted to coverage of all sports, with an emphasis on baseball. In 1887 Richter, and other baseball journalists, formed the Base Ball Reporters Association of America, also referred to as the National Base Ball Reporters' Association. And in 1914 Richter wrote the History and Records of Baseball: the American Nation's Chief Sport (Philadelphia: Sporting Life Publishing Co., 1914). In that historic book, Richter selected the greatest players at each position:

Francis Richter Greatest Players by Decade

Decade Catchers Catchers
1870-1880 Doug Allison Deacon White
1880-1890 Charlie Bennett Buck Ewing
1890-1900 Tom Daly Yank Robinson
1900-1912 Chief Meyers Billy Sullivan
Decade Pitchers Pitchers
1870-1880 Candy Cummings Al Spalding
1880-1890 John Clarkson Old Hoss Radbourn
1890-1900 Amos Rusie Cy Young
1900-1912 Christy Mathewson Rube Waddell
Decade First Base First Base
1870-1880 Wes Fisler Joe Start
1880-1890 Cap Anson Charlie Comiskey
1890-1900 Jake Beckley Dan Brouthers
1900-1912 Hal Chase Fred Tenney
Decade Second Base Second Base
1870-1880 Ross Barnes Al Reach (NA Only)
1880-1890 Fred Dunlap Bid McPhee
1890-1900 Nap Lajoie Fred Pfeffer
1900-1912 Eddie Collins Johnny Evers
Decade Third Base Third Base
1870-1880 Cap Anson Ezra Sutton
1880-1890 Jerry Denny Denny Lyons
1890-1900 John McGraw Billy Nash
1900-1912 Home Run Baker Jimmy Collins
Decade Shortstops Shortstops
1870-1880 Davy Force George Wright
1880-1890 Monte Ward Ned Williamson
1890-1900 Hughie Jennings Herman Long
1900-1912 Honus Wagner Bobby Wallace
Decade Left Fielders Left Fielders
1870-1880 Andy Leonard Lip Pike
1880-1890 Tip O'Neill George Wood
1890-1900 Ed Delahanty Joe Kelley
1900-1912 Fred Clarke Chick Stahl
Decade Center Fielders Center Fielders
1870-1880 Count Sensenderfer (NA Only) Harry Wright
1880-1890 Ned Hanlon Hardy Richardson
1890-1900 Billy Hamilton Bill Lange
1900-1912 Ty Cobb Tris Speaker
Decade Right Fielders Right Fielders
1870-1880 Jack Chapman Cal McVey
1880-1890 Joe Kelley Sam Thompson
1890-1900 Jesse Burkett Mike Tiernan
1900-1912 Sam Crawford Willie Keeler

Rube Waddell died at age 37 in 1914 (on April Fool's Day) from a severe cold he contracted after standing for hours in icy waters up to his armpits, placing sandbags in advance of rising waters from a broken dam. On Thursday, April 2, 1914, the Milwaukee Sentinel ran the following R.B. Pixley poem:

"Rube" Waddell

They tell me Rube Waddell is dead—
Well—he was a game old scout—
The kind that fights till the last ball's pitched
And the umpire says: "You're out!"

The man on the first wire says the news
Just came in from San Antone—
Well—the game has lost a big league star,
And as good as league could own.

You see, I followed the Rube for years
And gloried in his skill
The way a fellow who just falls short
Of athletic prowess will;

I watched the box scores day by day
And looked for the bottom line—
The names of the sluggers topped each list,
But I picked the Rube's for mine,

And I counted the number of times at bat
And the number of strikeouts there
I wasn't afraid to reckon up,
For I knew that the Rube was there.

I followed the Rube in his palmy days,
When he mowed them down like wheat,
And I clung to those memories when the ways
Of the swift pace had him beat;

And when the big leagues turned him loose,
And now that he's answered the final call,
I never could think, and I can't think now
Of Rube Waddell in minor ball.

So do me a favor, you men who write
Of the stars who rule this age;
When you write the story of Rube Waddell,
Let charity turn the page

Which tells of the times when the Rube went bad
And lost to John Barleycorn.
For if ever man's life was a written book
Many pages of each would be torn;

Just recall the days when he stood out there
And battled a howling mob—
Just tell of the days when the Rube was right
And you'll say he was on the job;

The Rube was a man in his build and strength,
But at heart he was only a child,
And the best of the children of men are weak
And the best may grow reckless and wild.

Well—the man on the first wire says the news
Just came that the Rube was out;
Let it go as it lays, for the game is fair...
But...the Rube was a game old Scout!

Last-Modified: April 7, 2020 12:23 PM EST

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