July 22, 1893|
|Died: August 5, 1978
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|July 20, 1918 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 10, 1937 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Earned run average||3.64|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Election Method||Veteran's Committee|
Jesse Joseph "Pop" Haines (July 22, 1893 – August 5, 1978) was a right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher and knuckleballer. He played briefly in 1918, then from 1920 to 1937. Spending nearly his entire career for the St. Louis Cardinals, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970.
Haines was born in Clayton, Ohio. He saw brief Major League action in 1918 with the Cincinnati Reds, but became a fixture in the St. Louis Cardinals starting rotation in 1920. Despite a 13–20 record, he pitched 301⅔ innings, the highest output of his career, and recorded a 2.98 ERA. In the minor leagues from 1913 to 1919, he compiled a 107–61 record and 1.93 ERA over 187 games.
Haines's luck changed over subsequent seasons. Playing until 1937, at the age of 43, he won 20 games or more three times for the Cardinals and won three World Series championships (in 1926, 1931, and 1934), though he did not pitch in the 1931 series. In the 1926 World Series against the Yankees, he went 2–0 with a 1.08 ERA. He retired with a 210–158 record, 981 strikeouts, 3.64 ERA, and 3208⅔ innings pitched.
Hall of Fame induction
After failing to gain more than 8.3% of the votes for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame over a 12-year period, Haines was voted in by the Veterans Committee (VC) in 1970. Frankie Frisch, a member of the VC, also shepherded the selections of teammates Dave Bancroft and Chick Hafey in 1971, Ross Youngs in 1972, George Kelly in 1973, Jim Bottomley in 1974, and Freddie Lindstrom in 1976. Alex Remington of Yahoo! Sports has postulated that Haines may be "the worst player in the Hall of Fame."
- List of knuckleball pitchers
- List of Major League Baseball leaders in career wins
- List of Major League Baseball no-hitters
- Jaffe, Jay (July 28, 2010). "Prospectus Hit and Run: Don't Call it the Veterans' Committee". Baseball Prospectus (Prospectus Entertainment Ventures, LLC). Retrieved November 3, 2011.
- Remington, Alex. "The 10 best St. Louis Cardinals in team history," Yahoo! Sports (Oct. 19, 2011).
- Jesse Haines at the Baseball Hall of Fame
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
July 17, 1924