September 30, 1884|
|Died: December 19, 1970
|Batted: Right||Threw: Left|
|April 15, 1907 for the Brooklyn Superbas|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 13, 1916 for the Brooklyn Robins|
|Earned run average||2.42|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
- New Georgia Encyclopedia entry for Nap Rucker
- Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Bio for Nap Rucker
- Baseball Almanac stats for Nap Rucker
- Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
- Roswell, A Pictorial History, Roswell Historical Society, Darlene M. Walsh (Editor), 2nd Edition, 1994, p. 253, ISBN 0-9615854-2-0.
|Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers Opening Day
September 5, 1908