A three-time 20-game winner and five-time National League champion, Rube Marquard made quite an impression over the course of his 18-year career.
From 1911-1913, Marquard was simply dominant. The pitcher averaged 24 wins per season in that span, going 73-28 with a 2.52 ERA.
In ’11 Marquard tallied 24 victories against just 7 losses. The left-hander led the league in strikeouts and placed fourth in ERA. Marquard began the next season with 19 straight wins en route to a career-high 26 victories. In 1913 he again topped the 20-win plateau and placed third among NL pitcher in strikeouts and 8th in ERA.
Each of the three seasons saw Marquard’s Giants reign as National League champs.
Marquard’s overall record stands at 201-177 with a 3.08 ERA and a 32.4 WAR.
In the collection is a letter from Rube Marquard to Larry Ritter, author of the iconic The Glory of Their Times. The book relies on interviews from aging stars from the turn of the century and the ensuing decade. Marquard has a chapter all to himself.
Just finished reading about Rube in the book “The Glory of Their Times”. He was an interesting character! Would love to see a guy like that in the game today.