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Pud Galvin

Born: December 25, 1856(1856-12-25)
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: March 7, 1902 (aged 45)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
May 22, 1875 for the St. Louis Brown Stockings (NA)
Last MLB appearance
August 2, 1892 for the St. Louis Brown Stockings (NL)
Career statistics
Win-Loss record     364-310
Earned run average     2.86
Strikeouts     1,806
Career highlights and awards
  • 364 career wins
  • Pitched two no-hitters: 8/20/1880, 8/4/1884
Member of the National
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Induction     1965
Election Method     Veteran's Committee

James Francis "Pud" Galvin (December 25, 1856 – March 7, 1902), an American professional baseball pitcher, was Major League Baseball's first 300-game winner. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1965.

Galvin's nickname, "Pud", supposedly originated because he made the hitters "look like Pudding". Galvin was also nicknamed "The Little Steam Engine", a tribute to his durability.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Galvin played in an era where 2-man pitching rotations were common - hence his 6,003 innings pitched and 646 complete games, both of which are second only to the career totals of Cy Young. Incredibly, he pitched over 70 complete games in both 1883 and 1884 and 65 in 1879. Galvin is the only player in baseball history to win 20 or more games in 10 different years without winning a pennant, finishing his career with a total of 364 wins and 310 losses.


Professional career

Galvin debuted for St. Louis of the National Association in 1875, the franchise's inaugural season. He spent the next 6½ seasons with Buffalo in the International Association and later of the National League before being traded to the Pittsburg Alleghenys midseason in 1885. He pitched for the Allegheny ballclub from 1885 to 1889, jumped to the Pittsburgh Burghers before the 1890 season, then returned to the Alleghenys (now named the "Pirates") after only one season. On June 14, 1892 Galvin was traded to the St. Louis Browns. He retired after the 1892 season.


Pud Galvin died poor at age 45 on March 7, 1902 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and, as a Roman Catholic, is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1965 was by the Veterans Committee.


  • Galvin still holds the record for most games started in a single season by a pitcher, 75 (tied with Will White).


  1. ^ R. Smith, "A different kind of performance enhancer", NPR. Retrieved 11 December 2007.

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Preceded by
Larry Corcoran
Larry Corcoran
No-hitter pitcher
August 19, 1880
August 4, 1884
Succeeded by
Tony Mullane
Dick Burns

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