An Original Winner: Pud Galvin

Thanks to Pittsburgh Dish for this story from a time when winning baseball mattered in Pittsburgh!

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Pud played in an era where 2-man pitching rotations were common – hence his 6,003 innings pitched and 646 complete games, both of which are second only to the career totals of Cy Young. Incredibly, Pud pitched over 70 complete games in both 1883 and 1884 and 65 in 1879. He is the only player in baseball history to win 20 or more games in 10 different years without winning a pennant, finishing his career with a total of 364 wins and 310 losses.

Galvin pitched for St Louis (NA), Buffalo in the International Association and NL; Pittsburgh or Allegheny, Pennsylvania in the AA, NL, and PL; and St Louis (NL).

And, his dedication to winning caused Galvin to be the first known player to use performance enhancing drugs (eating almost two dozen hotdogs before the game does not count)”Again playing for the Alleghenys, the Chris Duffy-sized Galvin earned a bit of notoriety in 1889, following a match against Boston. Newspapers reported that Galvin had admittedly injected a performance enhancing chemical before the game. Known as the elixir of Brown- Séquard – essentially, testicular fluid taken from live animals such as monkeys, dogs, and guinea pigs.”

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