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Waddell had an excellent fastball, a sharp-breaking curve, a screwball and superb control (his strikeout-to-walk ratio was almost 3-to-1). However, his eccentric behavior led to constant battles with his managers and scuffles with bad tempered teammates. In his career, Waddell had a record of 193-143, 2316 strikeouts, and a 2.16 earned run average, with 50 shutouts and 261 complete games in 2961 innings pitched.
Waddell was immortalized in the classic baseball book, The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter .
- "He was among the game's first real drawing cards, among its first honest-to-goodness celebrities, and the first player to have teams of newspaper reporters following him, and the first to have a mass following of idol-worshiping kids yelling out his nickname like he was their buddy." --Alan Howard Levy, in his book Rube Waddell: The Zany, Brilliant Life of a Strikeout Artist.
- Won Triple Crown (1905: 27-10, 287, 1.48)
- 4-time 20-game winner (24, 21, 25, 27: 1902-05)
- Six consecutive strikeout titles (1902-07)
- Set league record for strikeouts in a game (16, 1908)
- Set record for strikeouts in a season (349, 1904)
- First pitcher to strike out the side on just nine pitched balls (July 2, 1902)
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