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Friday, December 11, 2009

Blow Out the Candles Dec 11

Arguably the pest pitcher of the 19th Century, Charles Radbourn was born on this date in 1854. His 59 wins in 1884 is still and may always remain the single season record. That season his ERA was 1.38 and she struck out 441 batters. (These numbers should remind us why, when it comes to the HOF, players should be judged in great part against others from the same era.) Radbourn's career win-loss record is 309-195.

1968-69 Topps #124

HOF'er Pierre Pilote is celebrating his 78th birthday today. A member of the last Blackhawks Stanley Cup winning team in 1961 (this sad fact comes up a lot on this blog), Pierre was the Hawks captain from 1961-68. He won the Norris Trophy in 1963-64-65. Pilote's #3 jersey was retired by the Blackhawks on November 12,2008 (along with fellow #3 Keith Magnuson.)

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