Saturday, March 20, 2021

Joe McGinnity 150 -- March 20, 2021

Iron Man Joe McGinnity was born 150 years ago today, on 20-March-1871 (or 19-March-1871).  

Iron Man Joe McGinnity pitched professionally from 1899 to 1925.  In 1903, he pitched 44 complete games, out of 47 started, which is a modern major league record (1900 and after).  He also had two saves and pitched 434 innings.  He was the last man to pitch both ends of a double header.  These things are not why he was called Iron Man.  He worked in an iron foundry during the offseason. 

Indianapolis Journal, 01-September-1903

The box scores for his two victories for the Giants against the Phillies on 31-August-1903. This was the third time he won both ends of a double header that season. 

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