Nap Rucker

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Nap Rucker
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Starting pitcher
Born: (1884-09-30)September 30, 1884
Crabapple, Georgia
Died: December 19, 1970(1970-12-19) (aged 86)
Alpharetta, Georgia
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 15, 1907 for the Brooklyn Superbas
Last MLB appearance
September 13, 1916 for the Brooklyn Robins
Career statistics
Win–loss record 134–134
Earned run average 2.42
Strikeouts 1,217
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Led the National League in complete games (27), innings pitched (320.1), and shutouts (6): 1910

George Napoleon "Nap" Rucker (September 30, 1884 – December 19, 1970) was a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers/Robins. He was born in Crabapple, Georgia.

Rucker threw a no-hitter against the Boston Doves on September 5, 1908 . He led the National League in complete games (27), innings pitched (320.1), and shutouts (6) in 1910. His best year was 1911, when he won 22 games for the Dodgers. He holds the Brooklyn Dodgers record for the most shutouts in the National League (38); most strikeouts (16) in a regulation nine-inning game, and the most 1-0 shutouts (3) in a 154-game season. He became strictly a knuckleball pitcher when his speed declined.

After his baseball career, Rucker went on to a successful business career, and served as mayor of Roswell from 1935 to 1936, and as the city's water commissioner after his mayoral term. Rucker was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1967. Rucker died in Alpharetta, Georgia in 1970 and was interred in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Roswell, Georgia.

His nephew Johnny Rucker played baseball for the New York Giants.

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References[edit]

  • Roswell, A Pictorial History, Roswell Historical Society, Darlene M. Walsh (Editor), 2nd Edition, 1994, p. 253, ISBN 0-9615854-2-0.
Preceded by
Elmer Stricklett
Kaiser Wilhelm
Cy Barger
Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers Opening Day
Starting pitcher

1908
1910
1912-1913
Succeeded by
Kaiser Wilhelm
Cy Barger
Ed Reulbach
Preceded by
Hooks Wiltse
No-hitter pitcher
September 5, 1908
Succeeded by
Bob Rhoads