Henry Porter (baseball)

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Henry Porter
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Born: June 1858
Vergennes, Vermont
Died: December 30, 1906(1906-12-30) (aged 48)
Brockton, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 27, 1884, for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
May 25, 1889, for the Kansas City Cowboys
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 96–107
Earned run average 3.70
Strikeouts 659
Career highlights and awards

Walter Henry Porter (June 1858 – December 30, 1906) was an American Major League Baseball player born in Vergennes, Vermont who pitched for three teams during his six-year career.


Porter began his career in the short-lived Union Association for the replacement team Milwaukee Brewers. It was for this team that he struck out 18 batters in one game on October 3, 1884. The 18 strikeouts in one game by a losing pitcher stood as the record until Steve Carlton surpassed it when he struck out 19 in one game in 1969.[1] When the Association folded following the season, he was picked up by the Brooklyn Grays, with whom he was their star pitcher. In 1885, he had a record of 33 wins and 21 losses, followed up the next year with 27 wins and 19 losses.[2]

After having a 15–24 record in 1887, Porter was purchased by the Kansas City Cowboys for 1888. He had a record of 18–37, leading the league in hits allowed, runs allowed, home runs allowed, and losses, but on June 6, he pitched a no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles.


Porter died in Brockton, Massachusetts at the age of 48, and is interred at Calvary Cemetery, also in Brockton.[3]

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Preceded by
John Harkins
Brooklyn Grays
Opening Day
Starting pitcher

Succeeded by
Bob Caruthers
Preceded by
Adonis Terry
No-hitter pitcher
June 6, 1888
Succeeded by
Ed Seward