Today in Tribe History: March 20, 1984
Bob Toth | On 20, Mar 2020
Stan Coveleski, who spent nine of his 14 Major League seasons with the Cleveland Indians, passes away in South Bend, Indiana. He was 94.
Coveleski was born in 1889 in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, and made his Major League debut with the Philadelphia Athletics in September of 1912 after four seasons in the Tri-State League, but his five games in the Bigs did not secure him a spot. After toiling in the minors for three seasons while learning to throw a spitball, the Indians brought him aboard in 1916 and he went 15-13 in 45 games.
He won 19 games the following season while leading the American League with nine shutouts. In 1918, he won 22 games while lobbing 311 innings in the first of four straight 20-win seasons. He pitched into the tenth inning in eight games and threw in an unbelievable 19 innings in a game on May 24 that season against the New York Yankees. He won 24 games in 1919 and the following season, he struck out a league-high 133 batters in 315 innings while winning 24 games for the 1920 World Champion Indians squad. In the World Series against the Brooklyn Robins that season, he earned three complete game victories while posting a 0.67 ERA.
He remained in Cleveland through the 1924 season before he was traded to the Washington Senators for Carr Smith and By Speece. He won 20 games in his first of three seasons there before spending part of one season with the New York Yankees in 1928 to end his career.
He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969 by the Veteran’s Committee.