Great Athletes Baseball by Rafer Johnson, Salem Press

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McFarland Press, 1995. 406 Notes: GP = games played; AB = at bats; 2B = doubles; 3B = triples; HR = home runs; RBI = runs batted in; BA = batting average; SA = slugging average 14 Cap Anson Born: April 17, 1852 Marshall (now Marshalltown), Iowa Died: April 14, 1922 Chicago, Illinois Also known as: Adrian Constantine Anson (full name); Captain; Hoss; Old Man; Pop; Uncle Early Life Adrian “Cap” Constantine Anson, the second son of Henry and Jeanette Anson, was born a year before his hometown of Marshalltown, then known as Marshall, was established.

A fast worker, he finished game after game within an hour and a half. Grover’s prewar performance on the mound propelled him to the most career pitching wins in the National League, a record that he shared with the great Christy Mathewson when it was later discovered that Mathewson should have been credited with one more win than the records indicated. Continuing the Story Grover’s career was interrupted by World War I, when, with patriotic enthusiasm, he vol8 unteered for service with the artillery branch of the American Expeditionary Force under General John Pershing.

Although he never had a seizure on the field, after the war he had them fairly fre- Grover Alexander quently in the clubhouse and dugout. Still, he was one of the iron men, a winner for two decades, and one of the greatest pitchers of the early part of the twentieth century. John W. Fiero Additional Sources Kavanagh, Jack. Ol’ Pete: The Grover Cleveland Alexander Story. : Diamond Communications, 1996. Silverman, Jeff. Classic Baseball Stories. : Lyons Press, 2003. Skipper, John C. Wicked Curve: The Life and Troubled Times of Grover Cleveland Alexander.

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