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Red Faber

Red Faber

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his photo is a press photograph from the George Grantham Bain collection at the Library of Congress. According to the library, there are no known restrictions on the publication of these photos.

Position(s):
P
Born:
September 6, 1888
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 2"
Weight:
180 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-17-1914 with CHA
Hall of Fame:
1964

Intro

Using a nasty spitball and change of pace, Urban "Red" Faber won more than 54% of his decisions while hurling for the White Sox, who posted a .473 mark without him on the mound. Like other practitioners of the spitball, Faber turned to the pitch after arm injuries pestered him early in his career. Pitching his entire career in the Windy City, he made the most of his one post-season appearance — pitching a complete game victory in Game Two of the 1917 World Series, winning Game Five in relief, and twirling a complete game clincher in Game Six against the Giants.

Unform Number

#18 (1931, 1933), #19 (1932)

Replaced By

In 1931, White Sox manager Donie Bush moved Faber to a relief role (though he still started 19 games), and placed rookie right-hander Vic Frazier in Faber's old spot in the rotation.

Best Season

Either 1921 or 1922. In both seasons Faber won 20 games while leading the league in ERA (2.48, 2.81) and WHIP. Over those two years, Faber was 46-32, completing 63 of his 77 starts. He pitched a combined 682 2/3 innings and allowed just 20 home runs.

Factoid 1

Red Faber made his final start against big league opponents in the 1933 City Series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Facing 24-year old Lon Warneke, 45-year old Faber won the game, 2-0.

Strengths

Control — Faber kept the ball around the strike zone, even his spitter, which had plenty of movement.

Weaknesses

Velocity — Faber couldn't throw it past hitters, as his career 3.2 K's per nine innings attests.

Feats

On July 14, 1915, Faber stole second base, third base and home in the same inning, helping himself to a 6-4 win over the Philadelphia A's. Despite this bit of baserunning, don't get the idea that Faber was a master on the paths. In 1917, Faber tried to steal third in a game against the Yankees, only to find teammate Buck Weaver already on the bag.

Switch-Hitter

Faber was a switch-hitter, but usually swung from the left side. On July 22, 1928, he faced right-handed Yankees' hurler Wilcy Moore with the winning run on second base. Batting right-handed for some reason, Faber swung and missed the first two pitches. He then switched to batting left-handed and laced the next pitch for a game-winning single.

Hall of Fame Battery

Catcher Ray Schalk and pitcher Red Faber were teammates on the White Sox for 15 seasons, from 1914-1928. Both ended up in Cooperstown as Hall of Famers. Schalk was known as the finest defensive catcher in the American League during the late 1910s and 1920s. Faber won 20 games four times throwing to Schalk, and the two were good friends.

All Aces

The 1920 American League season was filled with drama and intrigue. While the White Sox were busy turning into the "Black Sox," the team was grinding its way through a pennant race with Cleveland, who lost shortstop Ray Chapman in August when he was struck in the head with a pitch and died. The White Sox lost the pennant, but it wasn't their pitching staff's fault. Four Sox hurlers won twenty games: Faber (23-13), Lefty Williams (22-14), Eddie Cicotte (21-10) and Dickie Kerr (21-9).

Three Straight Starts

The following pitchers are the only men to start three consecutive scheduled games, since 1900: 1901 Joe McGinnity, Bal (Sep 9, both games Sep 12: LWL) 1904 Rube Waddell, PhiA (June 5-7: LWL) 1908 Walter Johnson, Was (Sep 4, 5, and 7: WWW - three shutouts) 1908 Ed Walsh, ChiA (Both games Sep 29, Oct 2: WWL) 1912 Ed Walsh, ChiA (June 12, 13, and 15: WWL) 1914 Pat Ragan, Bro (Second game of Aug 29, Sep 2 and 3: WWL) 1917 Red Faber, ChiA (Both games Sep 3, Sep 4: WWW)

Most Wins in Baseball (1915-1924)

Pete Alexander... 204 Walter Johnson... 198 Wilbur Cooper... 178 Stan Coveleski... 172 Red Faber ... 164

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