Henry Schmidt (baseball)

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Henry Schmidt
Henry Schmidt baseball.jpg
Pitcher
Born: (1873-06-26)June 26, 1873
Brownsville, Texas
Died: April 23, 1926(1926-04-23) (aged 52)
Nashville, Tennessee
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1903 for the Brooklyn Superbas
Last MLB appearance
September 22, 1903 for the Brooklyn Superbas
Career statistics
Win-Loss 22-13
Earned run average 3.83
Strikeouts 96
Teams

Henry Martin Schmidt (June 26, 1873 – April 23, 1926) was a professional baseball pitcher for the Brooklyn Superbas during the 1903 season. A star in the minor leagues, was acquired by Brooklyn and won 22 games during his single season there. The Superbas wanted him back for 1904, but he declined, sending a note to the team (with the unsigned contract for the 1904 season) that declared, "I do not like living in the East and will not report."[1] His 22 wins is the most by a pitcher who only played one Major League season.[2]

He returned to the Pacific Coast League and continued his career in the minors.[3] After his baseball career he reportedly made a living selling fabrics. He was known throughout Texas as "Flannel".

Henry Schmidt was referenced in the motion picture Off the Black starring Nick Nolte and Timothy Hutton. Nolte shares Schmidt's story as a life lesson with a young man that he has befriended.

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Preceded by
Wild Bill Donovan
Brooklyn Superbas Opening Day
Starting pitcher

1903
Succeeded by
Oscar Jones