Baseball pitcher George Mogridge, Chicago White Sox, standing in front of grandstands on the field at Comiskey Park 1912 Photo SUMMARY
Informal half-length portrait of baseball player George Mogridge of the American League's Chicago White Sox, standing in front of grandstands and a dugout on the field at Comiskey Park, which was located at 324 West 35th Street and bounded by West 34th Street, South Shield's Avenue (formerly Portland Avenue), and South Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square community area of Chicago, Illinois. NOTES This photonegative taken by a Chicago Daily News photographer may have been published in the newspaper. SDN-057515, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.
A thin left-handed pitcher, George Moridge was one of baseball’s workhorses during his 15-year major league tenure. He started with the Chicago White Sox back in 1911 and after posting a 3-4 record, with a 4.04 ERA in 1912 spent the next two years toiling in the minor leagues. Then as now, left-handed pitchers were highly sought after by most major league teams, so George Mogridge was purchased in 1915 by the NY Yankees from the WhSox.
A noted spitball pitcher, it is stated in Microsoft Baseball, ‘He sometimes doctored pitches with resin… with concealing resin on the underside of his cap bill. From 1916 thru 1926 he worked over 146 innings every season, including a high of 288 in 1921. Six seasons he collected over 10 wins, including twice winning 18 games and twice chalking up 16. In 1918 he led the AL with 45 games, going 16-13 with a very low ERA of 2.27. He completed 13 of 19 starts, and relieved in 26 others.
On April 24, 1917 George Mogridge became the first Yankee pitcher to throw a no-hitter and it wasn’t until July 4, 1983 that another Yankees pitcher accomplished this feat during the regular season, Dave Righetti.
In 1924 George Mogridge went 16-11 in 30 starts and helped the Washington Senators win the AL pennant. He started and won Game 4 of the 1924 World Series, pitching 7.1 innings. Manager Bucky Harris used Mogridge as a reliever in the final Game 7 and the 6 ft 2 inch, 165-pound lefty responded by hurling 4.2 shutout innings enabling the Senators to win the game 4-3 and the Series over the NY Giants.