- Tim Keefe
Infobox MLB retired
January 1, 1857
deathdate=death date and age|1933|4|23|1857|1|1
Earned run average
*Troy Trojans (1880–1882)
New York Metropolitans(1883–1884)
*New York Giants (1885–1889, 1891)
New York Giants (PL)(1890)
*National League Pitching Triple Crown: 1888
*National League ERA champion: 1880, 1885, 1888
*National League wins champion: 1886, 1888
*National League strikeout champion: 1888
*American Association strikeout champion: 1883
innings pitchedleader (AA & NL)
complete gameleader (AA & NL)
*9th-most wins in major league history (342)
*7 20-win seasons
*6 30-win seasons
*2 40-win seasons
*6 200-strikeout seasons
*3 300-strikeout seasons
*3 sub-2.00 ERA seasons
Keefe entered the major leagues in 1880 with the Troy Trojans. He immediately established himself as a talented pitcher, posting an astounding 0.86 ERA in 105 innings pitched, a record that still stands to this day (he also posted the lowest
Adjusted ERA+in baseball history in 1880). Keefe rose to stardom in 1883 with the New York Metropolitanswhen he had one of the most dominating seasons in baseball's early history. He went 41-27 over 619 innings pitchedwith a 2.41 ERA and 361 strikeouts. In 1885 Keefe moved to the New York Giants, with whom he had arguably his greatest season in 1888, when he led the league with a 35-12 record, 1.74 ERA and 335 strikeouts (see triple crown).
Keefe moved to the
Philadelphia Philliesmid-season 1891 and retired after the 1893 season. He retired with 342 wins (8th overall), a 2.62 ERA, and 2562 strikeouts. His 2562 strikeouts were a major league record at the time of his retirement. He was also the first pitcher to achieve three 300-plus strikeout seasons. Interestingly, he still holds the record for having a win in the most ballparks, 47. Current hurler Randy Johnsonhas a chance at reaching that record from where he now stands at 41.
Keefe was inducted into the
Baseball Hall of Famein 1964, and was elected by the veterans committee.
*Official career statistics as recognized by
* ' * ' denotes stats that were not officially recognized during parts or all of his career, and are incomplete.
300 win club
Top 100 Major League Baseball strikeout pitchers
* Triple Crown
List of Major League Baseball leaders in career wins
List of Major League Baseball ERA champions
List of Major League Baseball strikeout champions
List of Major League Baseball wins champions
List of most hit batsman by MLB pitcher
* [http://www.thedeadballera.com/Obits/Keefe.Tim.Obit.html The Deadball Era]
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