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  1. Grover Cleveland Alexander (February 26, 1887 – November 4, 1950), nicknamed "Old Pete" and "Alexander the Great", was an American Major League Baseball pitcher. He played from 1911 through 1930 for the Philadelphia Phillies , Chicago Cubs , and St. Louis Cardinals .

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  2. Grover Alexander was a Hall of Fame pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs from 1911 to 1930. He won 373 games, 32 of them shutouts, and had a career ERA of 2.56.

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  3. Grover Cleveland Alexander (born February 26, 1887, Elba, Nebraska, U.S.—died November 4, 1950, St. Paul, Nebraska) was an American professional baseball player, one of the finest right-handed pitchers in the history of the game, frequently considered the greatest master of control.

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  4. During his 20 seasons in the big leagues, Alexander would become one of the most successful pitchers the game has ever seen. Using a wide variety of breaking pitches, deceptive speed and pinpoint control, Alexander soon found himself being compared to the top pitchers of his era.

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    Mrs. Alexander attributed the pitcher's wild reputation to a misunderstanding of her former husband's physical illnesses, which included "spells of epilepsy" and shell shock (now known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Claimed the widow, Alexander's drinking "was just an outlet for his physical miseries." In fairness, Alexander did struggle with ...

    The game itself had all the quality ingredients for myth making. The opposing team was the New York Yankees, who had already lost to the Cardinals the previous day, with Alexander pitching. The Yankees featured players who were already legendary themselves, such as Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, and neither team was giving an inch. This was, after all, ...

    No movie captured his life story. He was never inducted into the Hall of Fame. But, "Reindeer" Bill Killefer was an integral key to Alexander's success and was a good friend to the famous pitcher on and off the field. William Killefer was born the same year as Alexander, 1887, in Bloomingdale, Michigan. Soon after he began his major league career (...

    Two years following Grover Cleveland Alexander's death, Warner Brothers released The Winning Team, a movie portrayal of Alexander's personal and professional tragedies and triumphs. Directed by Lewis Seiler, the film starred Ronald Reagan and Doris Day, and also featured several major-league baseball players of the 1950s such as "Peanuts" Lowrey, J...

    Kavanagh and others have described Alexander's glory days, but there is a strong undercurrent of sadness as the increasing obscurity that defined Alexander's post-National League years becomes apparent. When he could no longer play baseball due to his health, Alexander took what odd jobs he could find. During the war years of the 1940s, Alexander w...


    Alexander, Charles C. Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era. New York: Columbia UniversityPress, 2002. Clark, Jerry E., and Martha Ellen Webb. Alexander the Great: The Story of Grover Cleveland Alexander. Omaha: Making History, 1993. Kavanagh, Jack. Ol'Pete: The Grover Cleveland Alexander Story. South Bend, IN: Diamond Communications, Inc., 1996. Thorn, John, and John Holway. The Pitcher.New York: Prentice Hall, 1987.


    Poliquin, Bud. "Hall More than just Pictures Hanging on the Wall." Post-Standard(Syracuse, NY) (July 27, 2002): B1.


    "Grover Alexander Career Pitching Statistics." Baseball Almanac, (October 23, 2002). Grover Cleveland Alexander Biography. Hickok, (October 14, 2002). Grover Cleveland Alexander Chronology., (October 14, 2002). Neyer, Rob. "MLB: Phillies History Littered with Losses.",http://...

    Learn about the life and career of Grover Cleveland Alexander, a legendary pitcher who played for the Phillies, Cubs, and Cardinals in the early 20th century. Find out how he set records, faced challenges, and became a baseball icon.

  5. Explore the incredible story of Grover Cleveland Alexander, fondly known as 'Old Pete', a renowned professional baseball pitcher from the early 20th century....

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  6. Fullname: Grover Cleveland Alexander. Nickname: Old Pete. Born: 2/26/1887 in Elba, NE. High School: Saint Paul, Saint Paul, NE. Debut: 4/15/1911. Hall of Fame: 1938. Died: 11/04/1950. Batting.