Grover Alexander (1938)
Grover Alexander, also known as Pete Alexander or by his nickname of Old Pete, was a pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Cardinals. In 1907, he signed his first contract to play professional baseball in the minor leagues. Four years later, his contract was sold to the Phillies. In 1911, his rookie year with the Phillies, Alexander played in 48 games, pitched 367.0 innings, and had a 28-13 record with a 2.57 ERA.
While with the Phillies, Alexander led the National League in strikeouts five times (1912, 1914-1917). He also led the league in ERA three times (1915-1917) and wins four times (1914-1917).
After the 1917 season, the Phillies sold Alexander's contract to the Chicago Cubs. He played in only three games the following season, spending the rest of the season in the US Army. Alexander returned from World War I with injuries and alcohol problems but he still managed to lead the National League in ERA in 1919 and in wins, ERA, and strikeouts in 1920.
During the 1926 season, the Cubs sold Alexander's contract to the St. Louis Cardinals. He stayed with the Cardinals through the 1929 season and then played his final nine games in the major leagues with the Phillies in 1930.
After retiring as a major league player, Alexander was the player-coach for a team named for him, the Grover Cleveland Alexander House of David team.
Statistics for Alexander in 18 seasons (1911-1917, 1919-1929) in the major leagues include:
- 9 seasons with over 20 wins, with a high of 33 in 1916
- 8 seasons with over 150 strikeouts, with a high of 241 in 1915
- 10 seasons with an ERA under 3.00, with a low of 1.22 in 1915
Career statistics for Alexander include:
- 696 games played
- 5,190.0 innings pitched
- 373-208 win-loss record
- 2,198 strikeouts to 951 walks
- 2.56 ERA