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Ed Siever

Ed Siever

Position(s):
P, OF
Born:
April 2, 1875
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Left
Height:
5' 11"
Weight:
190 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-26-1901 with DET

Pitching for the seventh-place 1902 Tigers, Siever led the AL with a 1.91 ERA but went 8-11. He had broken into the majors the year before, going 18-15 with 30 complete games in 33 starts. Sold to the Browns after the 1902 season, he went 13-14 and 10-15 with them before being let go. Reappearing with the Tigers in 1906, he helped them to their first pennant in 1907 with an 18-11, 2.16 record, but lost Game Three of the World Series 5-1.

Biography:
Edward Tilden Siever (April 2, 1875 – February 4, 1920) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played seven seasons with the Detroit Tigers (1901–02, 1906–08) and St. Louis Browns (1903-1904).

Born in Goddard, Kansas, He pitched in Colorado and in Canada before coming to Detroit to be part of the new American League in 1900 in its only season as a minor league. Siever had four good seasons and one phenomenal season in his brief major league career. In 1902, Siever posted an American League-leading 1.91 ERA despite having a 8-11 won-loss record. Siever is one of the few pitchers to lead the league in ERA while having a losing record. Siever'a Adjusted ERA+ of 191 for the years is the second-best (after Hal Newhouser) in Tigers franchise history for a pitcher with more than 150 innings pitched.

Siever won fewer games in 1902 than he did any other full season he played. He was also in the top ten in the league in ERA in 1901 and 1907.  He spent 1905 pitching for Minneapolis, going 23-11. He appeared in the 1907 World Series, starting Game 3 and taking the loss.

One source claims that he was let go in 1908 because he and Ty Cobb could not get along, but his 3.50 ERA was second-worst on the squad.  After his major league days he pitched for several more seasons in the minors, and went 23-16 for Grays Harbor in 1909.

Siever is the only major leaguer through 2009 with the last name "Siever", although Roy Sievers has a similar last name.

Overall for his career, Siever had a 83-83 record with a 2.60 ERA, and pitched in the 1907 World Series.


Quotes:
"Pitching that day for our side was Ed Siever, one of the anti-Cobb ring. (After a ball bounced between Cobb and another outfielder) back in the dugout he cursed me... that night ... Siever ... started one that would have removed my head had it landed... But I smothered the blow and ... hit him a right to the jaw ... Tom McMahon, our trainer (said) 'You did only one thing wrong ... You kicked Siever after you had him down." - Ty Cobb's version of an altercation with Ed Siever, from the book My Life in Baseball: The True Record, one in which he denied kicking Siever when he was down

Sources:

Baseball Library, Wikipedia, BR Bullpen

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