Cannonball Titcomb

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Cannonball Titcomb
Cannonball Titcomb.jpg
Pitcher
Born: (1866-08-26)August 26, 1866
West Baldwin, Maine
Died: June 8, 1950(1950-06-08) (aged 83)
Kingston, New Hampshire
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 5, 1886 for the Philadelphia Quakers
Last MLB appearance
October 15, 1890 for the Rochester Broncos
Career statistics
Win–loss record 30–29
Earned run average 3.47
Strikeouts 283
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Ledell "Cannonball" Titcomb (August 21, 1866 – June 8, 1950) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for several teams in the National League and American Association. Born in West Baldwin, Maine, he pitched a total of five seasons, finishing with a 30-29 record and a 3.47 earned run average. Cannonball pitched a no-hitter on September 15, 1890, against the Syracuse Stars, a 7-0 victory. Also, in two games at third base, he fielded all five of his chances cleanly, while putting up a respectable 2.50 range factor. Titcomb died at the age of 83 in Kingston, New Hampshire, and was interred at Greenwood Cemetery in Kingston.[1]

Early baseball career[edit]

At the age of 18, Titcomb made his professional baseball debut for the Haverhill, Massachusetts, team of the Eastern New England League.[2]

Major leagues[edit]

Titcomb made his Major League debut on May 5, 1886, for the Philadelphia Quakers in a game against the New York Giants. Philadelphia lost 4-2.[3] He would finish the 1886 season 0-5 in 5 starts with a 3.73 earned run average. Titcomb would split the 1887 with the Philadelphia Athletics (AA) of the American Association and the New York Giants. He also played for the Jersey City Skeeters of the International Association in 1887. He would stay with the Giants for the 1888 and 1889 season. 1890 was his final Major League season, and he spent it with the Rochester Broncos. On September 15, Titcomb threw a no-hitter against the Syracuse Stars. He would finish his major league career with a 30-29 record, a 3.74 earned run average, and 283 strikeouts. [4]

Return to the minor leagues[edit]

In 1890 Titcomb played in the minors for the Rochester Hop Bitters of the Eastern Association. Titcomb pitched in one game for the Providence Clamdiggers, pitching in one inning.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Titcomb was the son of Joseph J. Titcomb, a carpenter, and Fanny M. Titcomb.[6] He was married to Margaret B. Titcomb, and they resided in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cannonball Titcomb's career statistics". retrosheet.org. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  2. ^ 1885 Haverhill at Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  3. ^ 1886 Philadelphia Phillies Game Log
  4. ^ Cannonball Titcomb at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ 1891 Providence Clamdiggers at Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  6. ^ Census entry for Ladell Titcomb. Ancestry.com. 1880 United States Federal Census. Year: 1880; Census Place: Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: 542; Page: 109D; Enumeration District: 424; Image: 0662; FHL Number: 1254542.
  7. ^ Census entry for Ledell Tilcomb. Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census. Year: 1920; Census Place: Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire; Roll: T625_1013; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 127; Image: 999.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Gus Weyhing
No-hitter pitcher
September 15, 1890
Succeeded by
Tom Lovett