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Charles Radbourn

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Charles Radbourn on a 1887-1890 Goodwin & Company baseball card (Old Judge (N172)).

Charles Gardner Radbourn (December 11, 1854 - February 5, 1897), nicknamed "Old Hoss", was a pitcher in Major League Baseball prior to the turn of the 20th century. He was born in Rochester, New York.

As a starting pitcher for the Providence Grays (1881-1885), Boston Beaneaters (1886-1889), Boston Reds (1890) and Cincinnati Reds (1891), Radbourn compiled a 309-195 career record. In 1884 he won the National League's pitching Triple Crown with a 1.38 ERA, 60 wins and 441 strikeouts. His 60 wins in a season is a record which is expected to never be broken. Also, his 678 and 2/3 innings pitched in 1884 stands at 2nd all-time, behind only Will White (680), for single-season. It, too, is a record that will most likely never be touched.

Radbourn died in Bloomington, Illinois in 1897. He was elected in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

It is speculated that Radbourn is the namesake of the charley horse, a painful leg cramp not unlike that from which he suffered.

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