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Grover Cleveland Alexander


1887 Born in Elba, Nebraska on February 26
1909 Signs his first professional baseball contract with the Galesburg, IL, club
1909 Is traded to the Indianapolis Indians after a head injury leaves him with double vision
1909 Is traded to Syracuse (New York State League) toward the end of his first season
1910 Wins 29 games for Syracuse
1910 Philadelphia drafts Alexander for the 1911 season
1911 Makes debut as a major-league player for Philadelphia, April 15
1911 Pitches his first big league shutout against Brooklyn, 5-0, on May 8
1914 Phillies deem Alexander "Most Popular Player," and he is awarded a car before the Giants game
1914 By September 19, Alexander has won 25 games, and receives a check for $1,000
1915 September 29, Alexander leads the Phils to their first pennant with his fourth one-hitter and twelfth shutout that year
1917 Is traded to Chicago Cubs at season's end
1918 Is drafted by Army in 1918 after playing only three games for Cubs
1918 Marries Aimee Arrant in June
1919 After serving in France as a sergeant, is discharged and returns home to the Cubs; during his service he develops epilepsy
1926 Chicago waives Alexander to the St. Louis Cardinals due to insubordination and drinking
1926 Helps win the '26 pennant and brings the World Series to St. Louis
1926 Relief-pitches the legendary World Series game on Oct. 10 and wins
1928 St. Louis trades him back to the Phillies
1930 June 3, 1930, the club releases Alexander; his major league career is over
1938 Is voted into the recently created Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York
1946 Suffers a heart attack following a World Series game
1950 November 4, Alexander is discovered dead in his rented room at the home of Mrs. Josie Nevrivy. He is 63

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