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PHILLIES RETIRED NUMBERS

Alexander
POSITION
RHP
BATS-THROWS
R-R
HEIGHT
6-1
WEIGHT
185
BORN
February 26, 1887
Elba, NE
DIED
November 4, 1950
CAREER
Pitched for 20 years in the majors, including two stints with the Phillies, 1911-17 and 1930 . . . Also pitched for the Chicago Cubs (1918-26) and St. Louis Cardinals (1926-29) before retiring after nine appearances with the Phillies in 1930.

HOW OBTAINED
Purchased by the Phillies for $750 from the Syracuse Stars in 1910.

WINS
Won 28-19-22-27-31-33-30 in his first seven seasons with the Phillies . . . During those seasons, he averaged 27.1 wins and 355 innings pitched . . . His 28 wins in 1911 remain the modern rookie record . . . 16 of his 33 wins in 1916 were shutouts, still a major league record . . . His 190 Phillies career wins were a record until broken by Robin Roberts . . . Won Phillies' first-ever World Series game, 3-1, over Boston, October 8, 1915.

MISC
His ERA was 1.22, 1.55 and 1.83, 1915-17 . . . Won the NL Triple Crown (W, IP, SO) during same seasons . . .Threw four one-hitters in 1915, another record . . . Won a doubleheader at Ebbets Field in September 1917, 5-0 and 7-3, over Brooklyn . . . During his Phillies career he led the league in innings pitched, six times; wins, shutouts, and strikeouts, five times and ERA, three times . . . Holds club record with 61 career shutouts; Steve Carlton is second with 39 . . . Won a Triple Crown with the Cubs in 1920 . . . Six years later, picked up two wins and a save as the Cardinals won the World Series . . . 373 wins are tied for third all-time . . . 90 shutouts are second to Walter Johnson's 110.

HONORS
Named after a U.S. President; portrayed by actor/future President, Ronald Reagan, in a 1952 motion picture, The Winning Team . . . During his big league career, the players didn't wear uniform numbers thus the Phillies selected the 1915 "P" as his symbol . . . Jersey retired April 6, 2001 . . . Elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame, joining nine others as the first group inducted, June 12, 1939.


W-L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H BB SO
373-208 2.56 696 600 437 90 5190.0 4868 951 2198
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