Ed Siever

Edward Tilden Siever (April 2, 1875 – February 4, 1920) was an American baseball pitcher. He played professional baseball for 12 seasons from 1899 to 1910, including seven years in Major League Baseball with the Detroit Tigers (1901–1902, 1906–1908) and St. Louis Browns (1903–1904). He led the American League with a 1.91 earned run average (ERA) in 1902. In seven major league seasons, Siever compiled an 83–82 Win–loss record with a 2.60 ERA and 470 strikeouts in 1,507 innings pitched.

Ed Siever
Ed Siever
Born: April 2, 1875
Goddard, Kansas
Died: February 4, 1920 (aged 44)
Detroit, Michigan
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 26, 1901, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
June 18, 1908, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record83-82
Earned run average2.60
Career highlights and awards

Early years

Siever was born in Goddard, Kansas, in 1875.[1] Prior to his professional baseball career he was a locomotive fireman for the Grand Trunk Railway.[2]

Professional baseball

Minor leagues

Siever began his professional baseball career with the London Cockneys in 1899 and 1900.[3] He compiled a 14-8 record in 1899 and helped lead the Cockneys to the Canadian League pennant.[4]

Detroit Tigers

In 1900, he joined the Detroit Tigers, then a minor league club, compiling a 6-5 record with a 3.97 earned run average (ERA).[3] He was described by a writer in the Detroit Free Press as having "a great pitching arm and a physique as strong as a young lion."[4]

In 1901, the American League became a major league. In the Tigers' inaugural season as a major league club, Siever and Roscoe Miller were the team's leading pitchers. Siever appeared in 38 games, 33 as a starter, compiled an 18-14 record and a 3.24 ERA with 30 complete games and 85 strikeouts in 288-2/3 innings pitched.[1]

In 1902, Siever led the American League with a 1.91 ERA, and his Adjusted ERA+ of 195 remains the second best in Tigers history for a pitcher with more than 150 innings pitched. However, the 1902 Tigers lacked hitting and finished in seventh place. Despite his 1.91 ERA, Siever compiled an 8-11 record in 1902.[1] On August 11, 1902, Siever and Rube Waddell engaged in a pitching duel that held both sides scoreless through 12 innings. Waddell hit a triple off Siever in the 13th inning to drive in the game's only run.[5] Siever suffered from arm strain after the pitching duel with Waddell and was only able to pitch in two more games that season. According to one account, "His arm was in bad condition owing to strain, the results of that famous battle."[4]

St. Louis Browns

In December 1902, contract negotiations between the Tigers and Siever broke down over money.[6] In the end, Siever was sold to the St. Louis Browns.[4] In 1903, he compiled a record of 13-14 with a 2.48 ERA in 254 innings pitched. The following year, he had a 10-15 record 2.65 ERA in 29 games with the Browns.[1]

In January 1905, the Browns released Siever to the Indianapolis Indians in the minor leagues.[7] He ended up with the Minneapolis Millers and, with his arm in "perfect working order,"[4] compiled a 23-11 record with a 2.74 ERA in 35 games for the Millers.[3]

Detroit Tigers

In February 1906, Siever signed with the Detroit Tigers.[8] He appeared in 30 games for the 1906 Tigers and compiled a 14-11 record and 2.71 ERA in 222-2/3 innings pitched.[1] The following year, Siever compiled an 18-11 for the 1907 Tigers team that went 92-58 and lost to the Chicago Cubs in the 1907 World Series. Siever's 2.16 ERA ranked 10th in the American League in 1907.[1] Siever started one game in the 1907 World Series and gave up two earned runs in four innings pitched.[1] The Detroit Free Press later called 1907 season "the zenith of his career" and described a change in strategy in Siever's approach to the game: "While control and speed were 'Eddie's' best assets in his early career, in later years he resorted to the use of a slow ball, by using it in conjunction with a ball that burned its way plateward, he got away with many sensational victories."[4]

In his final major league season, he compiled a 2-6 record for the 1907 Tigers.[1] During his seven years in the major leagues, Siever compiled an 83–82 record with a 2.60 ERA and 470 strikeouts in 1,507 innings pitched.[1]

Minor leagues

Although his major league career ended in 1908, he pitched for two additional years in the minor leagues with Aberdeen and Grays Harbor in 1909 and Chattanooga in 1910.[3][4]

Later years

After retiring from professional baseball, Siever continued to play amateur baseball in a Detroit Masonic league until he was badly injured in a fall. Siever was employed by the Board of Water Commissioners. He was married and had three sons with his wife, Charlotte. Siever died suddenly in 1920 at age 44. The cause of death was believed to be heart disease.[9][10]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ed Siever Major League Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Edward Siever". Sporting Life. 51 (14). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The Sporting Life Publishing Company. June 13, 1908. p. 1.
  3. ^ a b c d "Ed Siever Minor League Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g McLean Kennedy (January 12, 1913). ""Eddie" Siever Deserves Rank As One of Great Southpaws". Detroit Free Press. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ "Waddell Won It All Alone: Great Thirteen-Inning Battle at Bennett Park". The Detroit Free Press. August 12, 1902. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ "Siever Deal Off For Good: Pitcher Refused To Sign for the Salary Offered". Detroit Free Press. December 25, 1902. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  7. ^ "Siever Thinks Transfer Hasty: Says He Is Still Good for Major League Twirling". Detroit Free Press. January 22, 1905. p. 12 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  8. ^ "Twenty-Two Tigers Will Go South". Detroit Free Press. January 12, 1913. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  9. ^ "Eddie Siever Dies at Work: Former Tiger Pitcher Is Victim of Heart Disease". Detroit Free Press. February 5, 1920. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  10. ^ "Siever of Old Detroit Tiger Champs Falls Dead". Chicago Daily Tribune. February 5, 1920. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com. open access
1875 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1875 throughout the world.

1902 Detroit Tigers season

1902 was the second year for the Detroit Tigers in the newly formed American League. The team finished in seventh place with a record of 58–77 (.385), 30½ games behind the Philadelphia Athletics. The 1902 Tigers were outscored by their opponents 657 runs to 566. The team's attendance at Bennett Park was 189,469, sixth out of the eight teams in the AL. Detroit's blue laws prevented the Tigers from playing baseball at Bennett Park on Sundays. As a result, the Tigers played their Sunday home games for the season at Burns Park; a stadium constructed by owner James D. Burns.

1903 St. Louis Browns season

The 1903 St. Louis Browns season was a season in American baseball. The team finished sixth in the American League with a record of 65 wins and 74 losses, 26½ games behind the Boston Americans.

1904 St. Louis Browns season

The 1904 St. Louis Browns season was a season in American baseball. The team finished sixth in the American League with a record of 65 wins and 87 losses, 29 games behind the Boston Americans.

1906 Detroit Tigers season

1906 was the sixth year for the Detroit Tigers in the American League. The team finished in sixth place with a record of 71–78 (.477), 21 games behind the Chicago White Sox.

1907 Detroit Tigers season

The 1907 Detroit Tigers won the American League pennant with a record of 92–58, but lost to the Chicago Cubs in the 1907 World Series, four games to none (with one tie). The season was their 7th since they entered the American League in 1901.

1907 World Series

The 1907 World Series featured the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers, with the Cubs winning the Series four games to none (with one tie) for their first championship.

The Cubs came back strong from their shocking loss in the 1906 World Series. The Tigers' young star Ty Cobb came into the Series with the first of his many league batting championships. With pitching dominance over the Tigers and Cobb, the Cubs allowed only three runs in the four games they won, while stealing 18 bases off the rattled Tigers.

Tigers pitcher "Wild Bill" Donovan struck out twelve Cubs in Game 1. Although that matched Ed Walsh's total in Game 3 against the Cubs in 1906, it was across twelve innings. Donovan struck out just ten Cubs in the first nine innings of the game.

1908 Detroit Tigers season

The 1908 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team won the American League championship by means of a scheduling quirk, finishing just one-half game ahead of the Cleveland Naps. The two teams won the same number of games, but the Tigers completed and lost one fewer. They then lost to the Chicago Cubs in the 1908 World Series.

1920 in Michigan

Events from the year 1920 in Michigan.

Al Benton

John Alton Benton (March 18, 1911 – April 14, 1968) was an American professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, and Boston Red Sox.

George Uhle

George Ernest Uhle (September 18, 1898 – February 26, 1985) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he began his playing career with his hometown Cleveland Indians. After ten seasons, during which time he led the American League in wins, innings pitched, complete games, shutouts, and games started, he was traded in 1928 to the Detroit Tigers for Jackie Tavener and Ken Holloway. He went on to play with the New York Giants, New York Yankees, and again with the Indians. When his career ended in 1936, he had won 200 games. His lifetime batting average of .289 (393-for-1360) is still a record for a pitcher (not playing at any other position)

On May 25, 1929, the Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-5 in 21 innings. Uhle, who was the winning pitcher, pitched twenty innings to earn his eighth win of the season with no losses. The losing pitcher, Ted Lyons, pitched all 21 innings for Chicago.

Babe Ruth himself credited George with being the toughest pitcher he ever faced, although Ruth batted .336 against Uhle. Out of 714 career home runs, he got only four off Uhle. Uhle had the second most strikeouts of Ruth by a pitcher, with 25. Only Lefty Grove had more, with 27.

He was buried at Lakewood Park Cemetery in Rocky River, Ohio.

Goddard, Kansas

Goddard is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 4,344.

Harry Coveleski

Harry Frank Coveleski (April 23, 1886 – August 4, 1950) was a Major League Baseball pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and Detroit Tigers.

John Malarkey

John S. Malarkey (May 4, 1872 – October 29, 1949) was a 19th-century right handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Washington Senators, Chicago Orphans and Boston Beaneaters in a span of six seasons from 1894–1903.Malarkey entered the records books when he became the only pitcher to date in major league history to earn a victory by hitting his own walk-off home run. On September 10, 1902, Malarkey hit a solo shot against St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mike O'Neill in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Beaneaters a 4–3 victory in the second game of a doubleheader at Boston’s South End Grounds.In that season, Malarkey ranked fourth on the Boston pitching with his eight wins. Besides, he posted a strong 2.59 earned run average and was one of only four ERA qualifiers in the majors who did not surrender a single home run, being the others Ed Siever of the Detroit Tigers and Ed Doheny and Jesse Tannehill, both of the Pittsburgh Pirates.In between, Malarkey spent all or part of 10 seasons in the minors from 1896–1908, winning 20 or more games in five times.After his baseball days, Malarkey worked for the Erie Railroad and lived in Marion, Ohio. He later moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he died in 1949 of pneumonia at the age of 77.

Justin Thompson (baseball)

Justin Ray Thompson (born March 8, 1973) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers from 1996 to 1999 and the Texas Rangers in 2005.

List of Detroit Tigers Opening Day starting pitchers

The Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Detroit, Michigan. They play in the American League Central division. The first game of the new baseball season is played on Opening Day, and being named the starter that day is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. Since joining the league in 1901, the Tigers have used 55 different Opening Day starting pitchers. The Tigers have a record of 56 wins and 59 losses in their Opening Day games. They also played one tie game, in 1927.The Tigers have played in three different home ball parks, Bennett Park from 1901 through 1911, Tiger Stadium (also known as Navin Field and Briggs Stadium) from 1912 to 1999 and Comerica Park since 2000. They had a record of 5 wins and 2 losses in Opening Day games at Bennett Park, 19 wins and 22 losses at Tiger Stadium and 3 wins and 4 losses at Comerica Park, for a total home record in Opening Day games of 26 wins and 28 losses. Their record in Opening Day away games is 27 wins, 31 losses and one tie.Jack Morris has the most Opening Day starts for the Tigers, with 11 consecutive starts from 1980 to 1990. Morris had a record of seven wins and four losses in his Opening Day starts. George Mullin had ten Opening Day starts for the Tigers between 1903 and 1913. The Tigers won five of those games and lost the other five. Mickey Lolich had seven Opening Day starts between 1965 and 1974. He had a record of five wins and two losses in those starts. Justin Verlander has also made seven Opening Day starts for the Tigers, between 2008 and 2014. His record in those starts is one win and one loss with five no-decisions. Other Tiger pitchers with at least three Opening Day starts include Hal Newhouser with six, Earl Whitehill and Jim Bunning with four; and Tommy Bridges, Frank Lary and Mike Moore with three.The first game the Tigers played as a Major League team was on April 25, 1901, against the Milwaukee Brewers. Roscoe Miller was the Tigers Opening Day starting pitcher for that game, which the Tigers won 14–13. The Tigers have played in the World Series eleven times, in 1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1984, 2006, and 2012, with wins in four of those: 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984. The Tigers Opening Day starting pitchers in those seasons were Mullin (1907 and 1909), Ed Siever (1908), Firpo Marberry (1934), Rowe (1935), Newsom (1940), Newhouser (1945), Earl Wilson (1968), Morris (1984), Kenny Rogers (2006), and Justin Verlander (2012). The Tigers won five of those Opening Day games and lost the other five.Josh Billings was the Tigers Opening Day starting pitcher in 1928, despite being only 20 years old and having only won five Major League games prior to the season. Bunning, who made four Opening Day starts for the Tigers was later elected to the United States Senate. McLain, who made two Opening Day starts for the Tigers, was later convicted of embezzlement. Bunning and Newhouser have each been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

List of Major League Baseball career ERA leaders

In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched (i.e. the traditional length of a game). It is determined by dividing the number of earned runs allowed by the number of innings pitched and multiplying by nine. Runs resulting from defensive errors (including pitchers' defensive errors) are recorded as unearned runs and are not used to determine ERA.

This is a list of the top 100 players in career earned run average, who have thrown at least 1,000 innings.

Ed Walsh holds the MLB earned run average record with a 1.816. Addie Joss (1.887) and Jim Devlin (1.896) are the only other pitchers with a career earned run average under 2.000.

Mike Moore (baseball)

Michael Wayne Moore (born November 26, 1959), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.

In college Moore pitched for Oral Roberts University, going 28-11 with an ERA of 2.64. The Seattle Mariners drafted him with the first pick overall in the 1981 MLB amateur draft. During a 14-year baseball career, Moore pitched for the Mariners (1982–1988), Oakland Athletics (1989–1992) and the Detroit Tigers (1993–1995).

He made his Major League Baseball debut on April 11, 1982, and played his final game on August 31, 1995. His career concluded with a regular season win-loss record of 161-176 with a 4.39 earned run average, 79 complete games, and 16 shutouts in 450 games pitched (2,831.7 innings pitched). Moore was elected to the American League All-Star team in 1989 and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting.

Moore played for the Athletics in two World Series. He was a member of the A's team that swept the San Francisco Giants in the 1989 World Series, starting and winning two of the four games, and hitting a double as well. He was also on the A's team that lost to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 World Series. In 5 postseason series, Moore compiled a 3-2 won-loss record with a 3.29 earned run average.


Siever is a surname, and may refer to:

Ed Siever (1877–1920), pitcher in Major League Baseball

Paul Siever (born 1969), American football offensive lineman

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