Kid Nichols

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Kid Nichols
Kid Nichols Baseball.jpg
Pitcher
Born: (1869-09-14)September 14, 1869
Madison, Wisconsin
Died: April 11, 1953(1953-04-11) (aged 83)
Kansas City, Missouri
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 23, 1890 for the Boston Beaneaters
Last MLB appearance
May 18, 1906 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Win–Loss record 361–208
Earned run average 2.95
Strikeouts 1,868
Teams

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards
  • National League pennant: 1891, 1892, 1893, 1897, 1898
  • 7th-most wins in Major League history (361)
  • 11th-most innings pitched in Major League history (5056.3)
  • National League wins champion: 1896–1898
  • 3-time National League shutout leader
  • 11 20-win seasons
  • 7 30-win seasons
Induction 1949
Election Method Veteran's Committee

Charles Augustus "Kid" Nichols (September 14, 1869 – April 11, 1953) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played fifteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies from 1890 to 1906. A switch hitter who threw right-handed, he was listed at 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) and 175 pounds (79 kg).

Nichols played minor league baseball for three different teams until September 1889, when he signed for the Boston Beaneaters. After making his debut the following season and spending twelve seasons with the Beaneaters, Nichols spent a two-year sojourn in the minor leagues. He was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1904 and subsequently played for the Philadelphia Phillies, with whom he played his final game on May 18, 1906. He is most famous for being the youngest pitcher to join the 300 win club.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Nichols was born on September 14, 1869 in Madison, Wisconsin.[2] He was the seventh child born to a butcher and a housewife. The family moved from Madison to Kansas City, Missouri when Nichols was a child. While his siblings worked in the family butcher shop, Nichols pursued baseball.[3]

Baseball career[edit]

Nichols entered the major leagues in 1890 with the Boston Beaneaters. Nichols recorded a 27–19 win-loss record, a 2.23 ERA and 222 strikeouts, beginning a string of ten consecutive seasons with 20 wins or more. Nichols also had a major league record seven 30-win seasons in this time (1891–1894, 1896–1898) with a career high of 35 in 1892.

Nichols had his first losing season in 1900, when he went 13–16. He improved to 19–16 the following year. After the 1901 season, Nichols purchased an interest in a minor league franchise in Kansas City. He left the Beaneaters to manage and pitch for the Kansas City club, where he won a total of 48 games in 1902 and 1903. After a two-year hiatus from the major leagues, Nichols returned to the 20 win plateau for the eleventh and final time in his career in 1904 for a new team, the St. Louis Cardinals. He finished his career in 1906 with the Philadelphia Phillies, who picked him up off waivers in 1905. Nichols retired with 361 wins, a total exceeded at the time only by Cy Young, 208 losses, 1,868 strikeouts and a 2.95 ERA. He was a part of five National League pennant winners, all with the Boston Beaneaters (1891–93, 1897, 1898). His 361 victories ranks 7th all-time, and

Over the course of his career, Nichols won 361 games, the seventh highest total in major league history. His 505613 innings pitched ranks 11th all-time. He was the youngest pitcher to win 300 games,[1] reaching that milestone at the age of 30.[2] Nichols was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1949.

Later life[edit]

After baseball, Nichols dabbled in the motion picture industry, partnering with Joe Tinker in running a business that distributed movies to theatres in the midwest, and opened bowling alleys in the Kansas City area. An accomplished bowler himself, Nichols won Kansas City's Class A bowling championship at age 64.[4]

In October 1952, the 83-year-old Nichols was admitted to Menorah Hospital in Kansas City to investigate a complaint with his neck. Doctors ordered tests, but Nichols would not submit to them until after the seventh game of the World Series ended. He was later diagnosed with carcinomatosis, cancer that had spread throughout his body. He died on April 11, 1953.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b O'Malley, John J. "Nichols Youngest to Win 300". The Baseball Biography Project. Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Kid Nichols Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Fleitz, David (2004). Ghosts in the Gallery at Cooperstown. McFarland. p. 1887. ISBN 1476602514. 
  4. ^ Bill Ferber (2007) A Game of Baseball: The Orioles, The Beaneaters and The Battle For The 1897 Pennant, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 978-0-8032-1136-0, pg. 251
  5. ^ Bogovich, Richard (2012). Kid Nichols: A Biography of the Hall of Fame Pitcher. McFarland. p. 224. ISBN 0786492805. 
  • Bill Felber (2007), A Game of Brawl: The Orioles, the Beaneaters and the Battle For the 1897 Pennant. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 978080327360, pg 251

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