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153. Silver King
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: January 11, 1868 in St. Louis, MO USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 28, 1886
  • Final Game: August 19, 1897

Silver King is quite the name, isn't it?  This was the name of the man whose birth certificate stated, Charles Frederick Koenig, but doesn't this name sound more fun?

King debuted in 1886, playing a handful of games with the Kansas City Cowboys, but it was the three seasons after that placed him on the map.  These years were spent in the American Association with the St. Louis Browns, where he won at least 32 Games each year.  Known for his lack of windup and sidearm delivery, King had a monster season in 1888, where he led the league in Wins (45), ERA (1.63), Innings Pitched (584.2), FIP (2.38), WHIP (0.874), and SO/BB (3.39).  The Browns won two AA Pennants while King was there.

Like many players in 1890, King joined the Players’ League, where with the Chicago Pirates, he won the ERA Title (2.69) and was first in H/9 (8.2).  The league folded after and h went to the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League, but he was beginning to suffer arm fatigue, and he wasn't the same.  He continued for a few years after, but he was done by 1897.

He retired with a 203-152 record.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Chicago Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Cowboys, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (2) (AA) (1888) (PL) (1890)
    Most Wins (1) (AA) (1888)
    Lowest WHIP (1) (AA) (1888) 
    Lowest H/9 (1) (PL) (1890)
    Lowest BB/9 (1) (AA) (1888)
    Most Games Pitched (1) (AA) (1888)
    Most Innings Pitched (1) (AA) (1888)
    Most Games Started (2) (AA) (1888) (PL) (1890)
    Most Complete Games (1) (AA) (1888)
    Most Shutouts (1) (AA) (1888)
    Highest ERA+ (2) (AA) (1888) (PL) (1890)
    Lowest FIP (1) (AA) (1888)

  • Other Points of Note:

    4 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (ERA)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Games Pitched)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Games Started)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)                 
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Shutouts) 
    3 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    30. Complete Games: 328

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: N/A.
  • Should be Inducted As A: St. Louis Brown

Should Silver King be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 50%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 50%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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