December 23, 1871|
|Died: May 19, 1953
|May 26, 1898, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 1910, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||2.47|
|Career highlights and awards|
Samuel Leever (December 23, 1871 – May 19, 1953), nicknamed "The Goshen Schoolmaster", was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Born in Goshen, Ohio, Leever came into baseball after an earlier career as a schoolteacher. He won 25 games in 1903 to help the Pirates win their third consecutive National League pennant, but lost both his starts in the World Series as the heavily favored Pirates were upset by Boston. He later went 8–1 for the 1909 Pirates, when they won their first World Series title. His lifetime ERA was 2.47 with a 194–100 record, 847 strikeouts, 39 shutouts, 241 complete games, 587 walks, and only 29 home runs allowed in 2660.2 innings.
Leever died at age 81 in Goshen.
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- Sam Leever at Find a Grave
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