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MLB History 101: Jack Chesbro

Published by on May 23, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

(Author's note:  This is the first in a series of articles designed to educate the younger readers about some of the greats from years gone by.)

Jack Chesbro does not hold the Major League record for wins in a season, as most people believe. In fact, he doesn’t appear in the Top 10. He does own the record beginning with the Dead ball era which started in the year 1900.  In 1904 Chesbro won 41 games for the New York Highlanders (an ancestor of the Yankees).

His 41 win season was bittersweet as he lost his 12th game on the final day of the season. The Highlanders lost the game and the pennant when a Chesbro spitball sailed over the catcher’s mitt allowing ...

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