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215. Theodore Breitenstein

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215. Theodore Breitenstein
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: June 1, 1869 in St. Louis, MO USA
  • Weight: 167 lbs.
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: April 28, 1891
  • Final Game: May 09, 1901

Before the St. Louis Cardinals were named the Cardinals, they were the first known version of the Browns, and one of their best Pitchers in the mid-1890s was Theodore Breitenstein.  

Breitenstein’s first full year with the Browns was in 1892, which was not a good year, but good enough to keep him employed.  The Browns were not very good, and while Breitenstein won the ERA Title (3.18) in 1893, he had a losing record (19-24).  He remained the workhorse for the Browns, but without run support, he had a 94-125 record for the franchise.

Breitenstein was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, where it was a new lease on life.  He played there for four seasons, never had a losing record and his ERA was in the respectable mid-threes.  After three final games with the Cardinals in 1901, his MLB career was over.

Had there been All-Star Games back then, he would have likely been a five-time attendee.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    Lowest ERA (1) (NL) (1893)
    Most Games Pitched (1) (NL) (1894)
    Most Innings Pitched (1) (NL) (1894)
    Most Games Started (2) (NL) (1894 & 1895)
    Most Complete Games (2) (NL) (1894 & 1895)
    Highest ERA+ (1) (NL) (1893)           

  • Other Points of Note:

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

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    92. bWAR for Pitchers: 51.8

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1937: 0.5%

  • Should be Inducted As A: St. Louis Brown

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