Happy Birthday to Hall of Famer James "Pud" Galvin who would have celebrated his 153rd birthday this Christmas day.
Galvin, the first 300 game winner in the history of the major leagues, was born in St. Louis. He totalled 356 wins over the course of a 15-year career, good enough for 5th all-time. He played his first (1875) and last (1892) seasons in his home town. He first appeared with the Brown Stockings and made his final campaign with the Browns -- a new team that eventually became the Cardinals.
In between he played for the Buffalo Bisons and Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League the Pittsburgh Alleghenys of the American Association and the Pittsburgh Burghers of the Players League.
Galvin, who allegedly gained his Pud moniker because he "looked like pudding" faced the second most hitters in mjor league history, 25,234. In his era most teams had a starting rotation made up of two men, which helped him to pile up the statistics. One season he made 75 starts, a record that still stands and that likely never will be broken.
He pitched 649 complete games and threw a pair of no-hitters.
He died in 1902 at 45 years old.
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