Heinie Meine

Heinie Meine

The Count Of Luxemburg
May 1, 1896
5' 11"
180 lbs
Major League Debut:
8-16-1922 with SLA

Wikipedia"His name was Heine Miene, who gave so much concentration to his job that when he had finished a game he could check off each of the 100-odd pitches he had made, cite the situation and explain just why he made each pitch. sometimes he failed to accomplish what he wanted but more often he succeeded because he had a definite plan in mind against each hitter." Source: Ernie Mehl in The Kansas City Star (3/4/1962)

Henry William "Heinie" Meine (May 1, 1896 - March 18, 1968) was a professional baseball player. He was a left-handed pitcher over parts of seven seasons (1922, 1929–1934) with the St. Louis Browns and Pittsburgh Pirates. He was the National League wins leader in 1931 with Pittsburgh. For his career, he compiled a 66-50 record in 165 appearances, with a 3.95 ERA and 199 strikeouts.

In 1931, Heinie Meine was one of the best pitchers in the National League after experiencing a dreadful season in 1930.  His success lasted only a few years as arm problems forced him out of the game in 1934.

Baring the colorful nickname “The Count of Luxemburg,” Meine arrived in Pittsburgh as a 32-year-old rookie in 1929.  He had toiled in the minors for years, but had only one game of major league experience, with the St. Louis Browns seven years earlier.  He went 7-6 with a 4.50 ERA, respectable for the time, but in 1930 his ERA swelled to 6.14 as opponents hit .346 against him.  His season ended early as he left the team to recover from illness and was placed on the voluntarily retired list.

Commissioner Landis reinstated Meine at the Pirates request as the right-hander said he was fully recovered.  He pitched well in the spring and Jewel Ens promoted him to a regular starting role.  Meine, who relied heavily on off speed pitches to such an extent that his strikeouts never exceeded his walks, won 19 games.  1931 was truly a great year for nicknames in the National League as The Count of Luxemburg’s victory total tied “Wild Bill” Hallahan and “Jumbo Jim” Elliott for the league high.  Meine led outright in innings pitched and his 2.98 ERA placed him fourth.

His big year seeming to come out of nowhere, Meine and the Pirates could not agree on a contract and the pitcher held out into May.  He went 12-9, but was not as effective as in 1931.  His layoff appeared to cost both Meine and the team as Gibson was unable to find a suitable replacement for him in the rotation and the ball club ended up finishing just a couple of games out of first.

Meine’s 15-8 record in 1933 helped the Pirates to another second place finish, but arm problems returned for the 38-year-old in 1934 and after the league again hit .300 against him, he announced his retirement.

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The Count Of Luxemburg

Career highlights and awards

    * National League wins champion: 1931
    *Most consecutive hits allowed (10) against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the sixth inning, June 23, 1930
     *Led National League in Wins (19), Innings Pitched (284.0), Games Started (35) and Batters Face (1,202), 1931


    * St. Louis Browns (1922)
    * Pittsburgh Pirates (1929-1934)

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