Stan Coveleski

Stan Coveleski autograph
Birthdate 7/13/1889
Death Date 3/20/1984
Debut Year 1912
Year of Induction 1969
Teams Athletics, Indians, Senators, Yankees
Position Pitcher

Stan Coveleski threw a complete game and got the win the day Carl Mays hit Ray Chapman resulting in baseball’s only death by pitch.

In the collection:

Stan Coveleski's first Lifetime Pass

Stan Coveleski's first Lifetime Pass

In 1934 National League president Ford Frick came up with the idea of a lifetime pass. The first passes were issued the following year. Like this one issued to Stan Coveleski, they were made out of paper and good only for NL games. Ensuing renditions were made of more
Postcard photo of Covelseki

Postcard photo of Covelseki

For whatever reason, Coveleski letters and documents remain difficult to find, though letters written by his wife and signed by Coveleski have surfaced. In the collection is this postcard photo autographed by the 215-game winner.
Photo depicting the pitcher in 1920

Photo depicting the pitcher in 1920

Coeveleski’s Indians were World Champs in 1920, the year this photo was taken. That year he won his first seven starts before his wife died suddenly on May 28th. After taking two starts off to mourn, he returned  to lead the American League in strikeouts and hits per

A Story about Stan Coveleski

Lifetime passes were the brainchild of NL President Ford Frick; here’s a pictorial history

June 18th, 2016

Lifetime pass

A newspaper man turned league publicist turned league president came up with a brilliant idea in 1934 — reward longtime National League players with a lifetime pass to all NL games. Senior Circuit owners approved Ford Frick’s proposal at the league meeting in December of ’34. A few months later, Frick sent out ornately decorated paper Lifetime Passes to the NL’s greatest players. He even sent one to Babe Ruth who appeared in all of 28 games for the Boston Braves in 1935. A 21-year veteran of the American League, the Babe was grateful if not surprised when he remarked, “At least the National League has a heart”. An image of the original paper pass presented to Hall of Fame outfielder Sliding Billy Hamilton can be seen below. A similar pass curiously issued to Stan Coveleski, a lifetime American Leaguer is also shown. Perhaps shamed by Ruth’s remarks, the American League joined forces in 1936 to issue a pass to all Major League contests. Players with twenty or more years of service received a solid gold pass. Seventeen men qualified for the true “golden ticket” — Ruth, Fred Clarke, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Bill Dahlen, Harry Davis, Red Faber, Walter Johnson, […]

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