Early Baseball HIstory - Jack Powell, a muscular 5-ft, 11-inch, 195-pounder, won 246 lifetime games in 16 major league seasons, mostly with second division clubs. He pitched over 300 innings six times, and over 200 nine other years. The redheaded mound master threw a sidearm, dancing legal spitball which Ty Cobb rated as 'one of the hardest to hit'. Powell posted four seasons of over 20 wins - 23 in 1898... 23 in 1899... 21 in 1902... 23 in 1904. He led the NL with 6 shutouts in 1898... led in games started with 43 and 40 completed in 1899... led with 45 appearances in 1901. After he jumped to the newly formed American League he also led the AL three times in shutouts with 4 in 1903, 4 in 1907 and 4 in 1909 all while pitching for the St Louis Browns. Powell and BoBo Newsom are the only pitchers in baseball history to win more than 200 games and finished with losing lifetime records. John Powell career stats: 246-253 W/L, 2.97 ERA, 577 Games, 517 GS, 424 GC, 4,319 hits in 4,388 innings, 47 Shutouts... Born in Bloomington, Illinois on 7/9/1874. Copyright 2003 baseballhistorian.com
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