3. Kid Nichols
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 14, 1869 in Madison, WI USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 23, 1890
  • Final Game: May 18, 1906
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Kid Nichols played the entire 1890’s for the Boston Beaneaters and there was a time where he was arguably the best Pitcher of the National League.  Nichols’s rookie season in 1890 would see him win 27 Games lead the NL in bWAR for Pitchers and he followed that up with four consecutive 30 Win seasons, which would have another league leading bWAR campaign.

As good he was in his first five seasons from 1896 to 1898 he would again win 30 Games all of which were league leading.  In those last two seasons he would again finish first in bWAR and he was also the leader in WHIP.  In five of those seasons as a Beaneater the team would win the National League pennant, a feat that likely would never have happened without Nichols.  Had there been a Pitcher of the Year Award in the 1890’s Nichols could have easily won a few!

Nichols would leave Boston after the 1901 Season to become a Player/Manager in the Western League before returning to the National League in 1904 to play for the St. Louis Cardinals and finish out his career with Philadelphia.

Overall as a member of what is now the Braves organization, Kid Nicholls would have a remarkable record of 329 and 183 and 361 Wins overall.  At the time of his retirement he was third all-time in Wins and is currently seventh, a position he will probably hold for many more years.

Nichols would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame when the Old Timers Committee chose him in 1949.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Purchased from Omaha (Western) for $3,000. 9/29/89.
  • Departed: Sent to Kansas City (Western) in an Unknown Transaction. 11/??/01.
  • Games Played: 557
  • Notable Statistics: 329-183 Record
    502 Games Started
    3.00 ERA
    476 Complete Games
    53 Games Finished
    16 Saves
    4,549 Innings Pitched
    1,680 Strikeouts
    3.59 FIP
    1.234 WHIP
    99.2 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1890, 1893, 1897 & 1898)

    Most Wins (1896, 1897 & 1898)

    Lowest WHIP (1893, 1897 & 1898)

    Lowest H/9 (1898)

    Lowest BB/9 (1891)

    Most Games Pitched (1898)

    Most Saves (1891, 1895, 1897 & 1898)

    Most Innings Pitched (1897)

    Most Shutouts (1890, 1894 & 1900)

    Highest SO/BB (1890, 1891, 1895 & 1897

    Highest ERA+ (1891 & 1897)

    Lowest FIP (1890 & 1891)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1896 & 1900)
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