July 12, 1844|
Williamsburg, New York
|Died: May 22, 1905
Patchogue, New York
|May 8, 1871, for the Chicago White Stockings|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 16, 1876, for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Earned run average||2.55|
George Zettlein (July 12, 1844 – May 22, 1905) was a professional baseball pitcher. He played six seasons in Major League Baseball from 1871–76 for the Chicago White Stockings, Troy Haymakers, Brooklyn Eckfords, Philadelphia White Stockings of the National Association (NA), and Athletic of Philadelphia in the National League.
Zettlein began playing in 1865 for Eckford of Brooklyn in the National Association of Base Ball Players, the amateur-only predecessor to the NA. He joined the Brooklyn Atlantics in 1866, and remained with the team until 1870. In 1871, he joined the professional White Stockings of the NA, and in May 1871 he gave up the new league's first home run. He went on to give up the league's first grand slam in September of the same year. He had a record of 18-9 with a league-leading 2.73 ERA that year.
The following season, Zettlein played for the Troy Haymakers and Brooklyn Eckfords, combining for 15 wins and 16 losses between the two teams. He went on to win 36 games for the Philadelphia White Stockings in 1873, then returned to the Chicago White Stockings for two seasons. Partway through the 1875 season, he rejoined the Philadelphia White Stockings, and ended his career in 1876 with the Philadelphia Athletics. He finished his career with 129 wins, 112 losses, and a 2.55 earned run average.
- Charlton, James. "The Chronology – 1871". BaseballLibrary.com. Retrieved 2007-10-29.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference