Stan Coveleski

Stan Coveleski autograph
Birthdate7/13/1889
Death Date3/20/1984
Debut Year1912
Year of Induction1969
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.

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Hall of Fame pitcher Stan Coveleski received this Lifetime Pass in 1934

Hall of Fame pitcher Stan Coveleski received this Lifetime Pass in 1934

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 durable silver or gold, then eventually brass and leather. You can click here to
In 1941 Stan Coveleski told The Sporting News that Ty Cobb is the greatest ever

In 1941 Stan Coveleski told The Sporting News that Ty Cobb is the greatest ever

Stan Coveleski faced the great Ty Cobb 114 times. The Georgia Peach hit .355 against the Hall of Fame hurler. Though the number is gaudy, it’s actually 12 points below Cobb’s lifetime average. In 1941, JG Taylor Spink’s publication The Sporting News asked players to identify who th
Like Stan Coveleski, 19th-century shortstop says Ty Cobb is the greatest; he also selects Honus Wagner

Like Stan Coveleski, 19th-century shortstop says Ty Cobb is the greatest; he also selects Honus Wagner

When Bill Dahlen was asked who he thought is the greatest ever, like Stan Coveleski, he identified Ty Cobb. However, Dahlen didn’t narrow it down to just the Georgia Peach. Dahlen also chose fellow shortstop Honus Wagner. Dahlen explains his choices, “Honus

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

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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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