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Deacon Phillipe, Pirates Star

The Pirates are a team more known for their great hitters than their great pitchers.  But, one of the greatest Pirates throwers was a man known as Deacon Phillippe.  Born as Charles Louis Phillippi in 1872 Deacon made his first appearance on the mound in 1899 with the Louisville team owned by Barney Dreyfuss who the next year would become owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates when the Louisville team was eliminated when the NL downsized.

At 6 foot 180 Lbs. Deacon was a imposing figure on the mound in those times.  After going 21-17 in Louisville Deacon then won 20, 22, 20 and 25 games in the next four years.  After going 10-10 in 1904 he went on in 1905 to have his last 20 win season in 1906 chalking up 20 wins at the age of 33.  Winning 15, then 14 games in the next two season the long innings took their toll on his arm and over the next four seasons he won only 22 more games.

In his 12 years with the Pirates Deacon piled up a lot of top ten numbers with the Pirates.  He had 2286 total innings which is 8th on the all-time Pirates list, started 250 games ranked 10th, 209 complete games ranked 5th, 168 wins ranked 6th, 92 losses ranked 10th, .875 season winning pct. ranked #2, .646 winning pct. career #5, 25 career shutouts ranked 8th, 2.50 lifetime ERA ranked 5th, 861 career Ks ranked 10th.  When you consider most of these numbers were piled into 8 gvery good years with the last four being injured most of the time the numbers are pretty impressive.

What Deacon is most famous for in his 1903 World Series performance.  The first modern World Series between the Pirates and the Red Sox was a best of nine game affair.  Deacon played a huge role in this series.  In game one he beat Cy Young 7-3 in a complete game performance.  In game 3 he threw another complete game winning 4-2 on a four hitter.  In game 4 he won again by the score of 5-4 in his third complete game.  In game 7 Phillippe threw another complete game but lost 7-3.  In game 8 Deacon threw his fifth complete game in the Series!!!  He lost 3-0 and with the loss went the World Series to the Red Sox.  Five complete games in the World Series a record never to be broken.

Deacon was also know for his control  He walked only 1.25 men per nine innings in his career the best of any pitcher in the 1900's.  Deacon lived a good long life dieing in 1952.  For the Pirates their pitching rarely came better than Deacon Phillippe.

Below are his Lifetime Stats, he played for only NL Teams in his career;

Year CLUB
W L PCT
ERA G GS CG SHO IP BB SO
1899 LOU 21 17 .553 3.17 42 38 33 2 321.0 64 68
1900 PIT 20 13 .606 2.84 38 33 29 1 279.0 42 75
1901 PIT 22 12 .647 2.22 37 32 30 1 296.0 38 103
1902 PIT 20 9 .690 2.05 31 30 29 5 272.0 26 122
1903 PIT 25 9 .735 2.43 36 33 31 4 289.1 29 123
1904 PIT 10 10 .500 3.24 21 19 17 3 166.2 26 82
1905 PIT 20 13 .606 2.19 38 33 25 5 279.0 48 133
1906 PIT 15 10 .600 2.47 33 24 19 3 218.2 26 90
1907 PIT 14 11 .560 2.61 35 26 17 1 214.0 36 61
1908 PIT 0 0 .000
11.25 5 0 0 0 12.0 3 1
1909 PIT 8 3 .727 2.32 22 13 7 1 131.2 14 38
1910 PIT 14 2 .875 2.29 31 8 5 1 121.2 9 30
1911 PIT 0 0 .000
7.50 3 0 0 0 6.0 2 3
TOTALS
189 109 .634 2.59 372 289 242 27 2607.0 363 929

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