Jack Chesbro

John Dwight Chesbro (June 5, 1874 – November 6, 1931) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher. Nicknamed "Happy Jack", Chesbro played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1899–1902), the New York Highlanders (1903–1909), and the Boston Red Sox (1909). Chesbro finished his career with a win-loss record of 198-132, an earned run average of 2.68, and 1,265 strikeouts. His 41 wins during the 1904 season remains an American League record. Though some pitchers have won more games in some seasons prior to 1901, historians demarcating 1901 as the beginning of 'modern-era' major league baseball refer to and credit Jack Chesbro and his 1904 win-total as the modern era major league record and its holder. Some view Chesbro's 41 wins in a season as an unbreakable record.

Jack Chesbro
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Pitching Stats

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Major League pitching statistics for Jack Chesbro.
Year Team W-L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO
1899 PIT 6-9 4.11 19 17 15 0 0 149 165 99 68 59 28
1900 PIT 15-13 3.67 32 26 20 3 1 215 220 123 88 79 56
1901 PIT 21-10 2.38 36 28 26 6 1 287 261 104 76 52 129
1902 PIT 28-6 2.17 35 33 31 8 1 286 242 81 69 62 136
1903 NYY 21-15 2.77 40 36 33 1 0 324 300 140 100 74 147
1904 NYY 41-12 1.82 55 51 48 6 0 454 338 128 92 88 239
1905 NYY 19-15 2.20 41 38 24 3 0 303 262 125 74 71 156
1906 NYY 23-17 2.96 49 42 24 4 1 325 314 138 107 75 152
1907 NYY 10-10 2.53 30 25 17 1 0 206 192 83 58 46 78
1908 NYY 14-20 2.93 45 31 20 3 1 288 276 134 94 67 124
1909 BOS 0-1 4.50 1 1 0 0 0 6 7 4 3 4 3
1909 NYY 0-4 6.34 9 4 2 0 0 49 70 47 35 13 17
Career 198-132 - 392 332 260 35 5 - 2647 1206 864 690 1265

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Major League fielding statistics for Jack Chesbro.
Year Team G GS Inn PO A E DP Fld%
1899 PIT 19 - 5 26 3 0 0.912
1900 PIT 32 - 4 44 7 3 0.873
1901 PIT 36 - 12 57 5 2 0.932
1902 PIT 35 - 11 60 4 2 0.947
1903 NYY 40 - 13 103 2 2 0.983
1904 NYY 56 - 24 166 12 7 0.941
1905 NYY 41 - 11 97 7 5 0.939
1906 NYY 49 - 11 95 5 3 0.955
1907 NYY 30 - 3 71 5 2 0.937
1908 NYY 45 - 7 96 6 2 0.945
1909 BOS 1 - 1 0 0 0 1.000
1909 NYY 9 - 1 21 0 0 1.000
Career 393 - 103 836 56 28 -

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Major League batting statistics for Jack Chesbro.
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1899 PIT 19 58 3 9 0 0 0 3 0 3 0.155 0.197 0.155
1900 PIT 32 85 10 15 4 1 0 9 1 6 0.176 0.231 0.247
1901 PIT 36 116 9 25 5 1 1 8 0 3 0.216 0.242 0.302
1902 PIT 35 112 11 20 3 1 0 8 1 3 0.179 0.200 0.223
1903 NYY 40 124 8 23 4 0 2 9 0 2 0.185 0.198 0.266
1904 NYY 56 174 17 41 9 3 1 17 1 4 0.236 0.253 0.339
1905 NYY 41 112 6 21 6 3 0 10 2 2 0.188 0.202 0.295
1906 NYY 49 125 10 26 2 1 1 4 0 1 0.208 0.214 0.264
1907 NYY 30 76 1 15 2 2 0 4 0 0 0.197 0.197 0.276
1908 NYY 45 102 8 18 2 1 0 6 0 0 0.176 0.184 0.216
1909 BOS 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.500
1909 NYY 9 17 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 0.176 0.222 0.176
Career 393 1103 85 217 37 13 5 82 5 25 - - -

First NameJohn
Middle NameDwight
Last NameChesbro
Full Name at BirthJohn Dwight Chesbro
Other NamesHappy Jack
Age57 (age at death)
Date of BirthJune 5, 1874
BirthplaceNorth Adams, MA
Date of DeathNovember 6, 1931
Location of DeathConway, MA
BuriedHowland Cemetery, Conway, MA
Height5' 9" (175 cm)
Weight180 lbs (81.6 kg)
Star SignGemini
NationalityAmerican
OccupationFormer Major League Baseball Player
Occupation CategoryBaseball
PositionPitcher
BatsRight
ThrowsRight
MLB Debut12 July 1899
Last MLB Game2 October 1909
Hall of FameInducted into the Hall of Fame by Old Timers Committee as Player in 1946.

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