Monday, February 12, 2007

100 Greatest Red Sox >> #88 Jesse Tannehill

Jesse Tannehill, SP, (1904-1908)

116 G, 886 IP, 62-38, 2.50 ERA, 1.6 BB/9

Jesse Tannehill was born on Tuesday, July 14, 1874, in Dayton, Kentucky. Tannehill was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 17, 1894. Jesse Tannehill was a deadball-era, left-handed pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Highlanders, Boston Red Sox/Pilgrims, and the Washington Senators. Tannehill was among the best pitchers of his era and was one of the best-hitting pitchers of all time. In fact, Tannehill was such a good hitter that he was used in the outfield 87 times in his career.

He broke into the National League at the age of 19 with the Cincinnati Reds; however, he struggled in 29 innings and did not reappear in the major leagues until three years later. After a partial season with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1897 he went on in 1898 to set a career high in both innings pitched (326 2/3) and wins (25). Tannehill had several good years with the Pirates until his career year in 1901, where he led the National League in ERA at 2.18. He won 20 or more games six times; his 20-6 record for the Pirates in 1900 gave him the league’s best winning percentage (.769). His 2.18 ERA in 1901 led the NL. In 1902, he again went 20-6 (1.95).

In 1903 Tannehill jumped to the Highlanders (later the Yankees) of the fledgling American League after a salary dispute with tight-fisted Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss. After the season, he was traded by the Highlanders to the Boston Red Sox/Pilgrims for Tom L. Hughes. He became an important part of the Red Sox championship team of 1904. He pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox on August 17, 1904 (his brother Lee went 0 for three for Chicago) and continued to be an above average pitcher until 1907. After this, however, Tannehill went into precipitous decline, as he was traded to the Washington Senators for Case Patten.

In his career, Tannehill was used in the outfield 87 times and as a pinch hitter 57 times. With his career winding down he actually played more games in the outfield for the 1909 Senators than he pitched (nine to three). Jesse Tannehill retired from Major League Baseball in 1911, with a career ERA of 2.79 and 197 career wins. He died on September 22, 1956.
Jesse Tannehill retired from Major League Baseball in 1911, with a career ERA of 2.79 and 197 career wins.

Player Biography by Karen


Brian Martin said...

Sorry these posts were a bit late today...One minute I was scheduled to have a nice, long lunch with plenty of time for me to head home and post this....the next thing I know I was on the clock for 14 hours with barely anything for a break.

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