Pete Alexander

Birthdate 2/26/1887
Death Date 11/4/1950
Debut Year 1911
Year of Induction 1938
Teams Cardinals, Cubs, Phillies
Position Pitcher

Grover Cleveland Alexander set a rookie record of 28 wins in 1911; his first 7 years he averaged 27 wins, including 3 seasons of 30+ wins. 

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Solid signature of Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander

Solid signature of Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander

Truly one of the game’s greatest pitchers, Grover Cleveland Alexander is third on the all-time wins list with 373. Born in 1887, Alexander played in his first big league game in 1911 at the age of 24. Over the next 20 seasons, he would establish himself as a
After Alexander's death his wife lived a life of poverty; here's a glimpse

After Alexander's death his wife lived a life of poverty; here's a glimpse

Ten years after “Alex” retired, his widow was in dire financial straights as revealed here in a letter from Hall of Fame executive Warren Giles to Dodger VP Buzzie Bavasi. Giles quotes a letter received from Mrs. Alexander as he writes, “Frankly I am desperate and hope you
Hall of Fame commissioner Happy Chandler writes a letter mentioning Alexander's money woes

Hall of Fame commissioner Happy Chandler writes a letter mentioning Alexander's money woes

Though Alexander pitched in the big leagues until he was 43, he left the game with no other job skills and little hope of earning income. Plagued with epilepsy, Alexander found work playing with the House of David baseball team, a bearded
Grover Cleveland Alexander's teammate weighs in on Alex's epilepsy and calls him,

Grover Cleveland Alexander's teammate weighs in on Alex's epilepsy and calls him, "one of the greatest pitchers of all time"

From 1927-1929 Grover Cleveland Alexander and Fred Frankhouse were both in the pitching staff for the St. Louis Cardinals. Frankhouse was just beginning a 13-year career
Alexander says Tuxedo is,

Alexander says Tuxedo is, "the perfect pipe tobacco" in this 1916 advertisement

Tuxedo Tobacco pulled together the greatest baseball players of the day for this advertisement. Hailing itself as, “The Perfect Pipe Tobacco”, Tuxedo secured the services of “G.C. Alexaner, pitcher — Philadelphia Nationals”. According to the advertisement, Alexander say

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