June 17, 1890|
|Died: August 1, 1952
Sequatchie County, Tennessee
|August 30, 1912, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 30, 1922, for the New York Giants|
|Earned run average||2.80|
|Career highlights and awards|
Douglas originally signed with the Chicago White Sox in 1912, but soon landed with the Cincinnati Reds. In 1915, he was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers, then to the Chicago Cubs. Douglas' short stints with these and future teams stemmed from their frustrations with his well-documented alcoholism, about which a contemporary journalist wrote, "Drinking was not a habit with Douglas—it was a disease."
In 1919, he was signed by the New York Giants. John McGraw had some luck in keeping Douglas' drinking under control. In 1920, Douglas had a 14–10 record and an 2.71 ERA. Following the season, the spitball was banned but 17 players, including Douglas, were allowed to continue using the pitch.
In 1922, he had 11 wins and a league-leading 2.63 ERA, but was suspended after a quarrel with McGraw and fined $100.
I want to leave here but I want some inducement. I don't want this guy to win the pennant and I feel if I stay here I will win it for him. If you want to send a man over here with the goods, I will leave for home on next train. I will go down to fishing camp and stay there.
- List of Major League Baseball annual ERA leaders
- List of Major League Baseball figures who have been banned for life
- "Phil Douglas". Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- James, Bill (2001). New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. New York: Free Press. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-7432-2722-3.
- Lynch, Mike. "Gone Fishin': The Sobering Case of "Shufflin' Phil" Douglas". Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- James, Bill (2001). New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. New York: Free Press. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-7432-2722-3.
- James, Bill (2001). New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. New York: Free Press. p. 137. ISBN 978-0-7432-2722-3.