Mark Baldwin (baseball)

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Mark Baldwin
Mark Baldwin card.jpg
A Mark "Fido" Baldwin baseball card
Born: (1863-10-29)October 29, 1863
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died: November 10, 1929(1929-11-10) (aged 66)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 2, 1887 for the Chicago White Stockings
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1893 for the New York Giants
Career statistics
Win-loss record 154-165
Earned run average 3.36
Strikeouts 1,354
Career highlights and awards
  • Led National League in Strikeouts/9IP (4.42) in 1887
  • Led NL in Saves in 1887 (1) and 1893 (2)
  • Led American Association in Games (63) in 1889 and the Players' League in 1890 (59)
  • Led AA in Innings in 1889 (513 ⅔) and the PL in 1890 (501)
  • Led AA in Strikeouts in 1889 (368) and the PL in 1890 (211)
  • Led AA in Games Started in 1889 (59) and the PL in 1890 (57)
  • Led AA in Batters Faced in 1889 (2.256) and the PL in 1890 (2,225)
  • Led PL in Wins (34) and Complete Games (54) in 1890
  • Ranks 46th on MLB All-time Complete Games List (296)

Marcus Elmore Baldwin (October 29, 1863 – November 10, 1929), nicknamed "Fido", was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played in the National League, the American Association and the Players League. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he batted and threw right-handed, weighed 190 pounds, and was 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) in height. He attended Pennsylvania State University.[1]

Baldwin made his big league debut on May 2, 1887, at the age of 23 with the Chicago White Stockings. His career spanned seven seasons, playing for the White Stockings, Columbus Solons, Chicago Pirates, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Giants.

Between 1888 and 1892, Baldwin was one of the most productive players in the league. He posted ERAs as low as 2.76, strikeout totals as high as 376 and win totals as high as 34. Two years in a row, 1889 and 1890, Baldwin pitched 54 complete games and over 500 innings, and at one point in his career had 4 wins in 6 days, pitching two complete games in one day. Even with his high win totals, however, he also lost many games. In 1889, he led the league in losses with 34.

Overall, Baldwin went 154–165 in his career, with 1,307 walks, 1,354 strikeouts and a 3.36 ERA. Baldwin was a .163 career hitter. He played his final game on September 30, 1893.

Following the conclusion of his Major League career, Baldwin toiled with minor league Rochester in the old Eastern League. In mid-season 1895, Rochester cut him. He moved to nearby Auburn, New York. There in late 1895 he and some other former Major Leaguers who lived in Auburn, like Tug Arundel and Jerry Dorsey, formed an independent co-op minor league pro team. In 1896, the Auburns went from co-operative to salaried, and Baldwin served as co-owner, field manager, and starting pitcher.

In July, 1896 he and his teammates were arrested and convicted of a Blue law violation for playing the first-ever Sunday professional game in Auburn. It wasn't Baldwin's first brush with the law. In 1890 he had been jailed for allegedly bribing players to prevent them from jumping from the National League to the rival American Association. The Auburn infraction resulted in a mere $5 fine, but it derailed Baldwin's front office career. The local clergy declared war on the Auburns, and attendance dropped precipitously, according to historian Andy Fusco. The team became insolvent with four games remaining in the '96 slate. The franchise re-organized in 1897 but without Baldwin - he moved back to his home in Pennsylvania.

From Baseball's First Stars, by Robert L. Tiemann: "Although never known for a good curve, or changeup, [Baldwin] had plenty of speed and the gumption to challenge the best hitters."

Baldwin died at age 66 in Pittsburgh. His grave is located at Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh.[2]

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