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Nicholas Altrock (September 15, 1876 - January 20, 1965) was an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Louisville Colonels (1898), Boston Americans (1902-03), Chicago White Sox (1903-09 and Washington Senators (1909, 1912-15, 1918-19 and 1924).

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Altrock was one of the better pitchers in baseball for a brief period from 1904 to 1906 with the White Sox. He was instrumental in the White Sox World Series championship in 1906, going 20-13 with a 2.06 ERA in the regular season and 1-1 with a Series-best 1.00 ERA against the Chicago Cubs.

An arm injury after 1906 ruined his career, but he hung on with the White Sox and Senators until 1924, though he pitched very little after 1908 and made sporadic pinch-hitting appearances after that, including one in 1933 at 56 years of age, against Rube Walberg of the Philadelphia Athletics (10/1//33).

Altrock became a coach for the Senators in 1912 and remained on the staff until 1953. During that time, he was noted for his antics in the coaching box and teamed with Al Schacht, the "Clown Prince of Baseball," for a dozen years to perform comedy routines on baseball fields in the days before official mascots.

Altrock was the last player to have played major league baseball in the 19th century to play in a game. He was the third oldest player to ever appear in Major League baseball game when he played his last season in 1933.

Altrock died at age 88 in Washington, D.C.

Career statisticsEdit

YEAR TEAM AGE W L PCT G GS CG SV GF IP H R ER BB SO ERA RSAA
1898 Colonels 21 3 3 .500 11 7 6 0 4 70 89 54 35 21 13 4.50 -8
1902 Americans 25 0 2 .000 3 2 1 1 1 18 19 13 4 7 5 2.00 3
1903 Americans 26 0 1 .000 1 1 1 0 0 8 13 10 8 4 3 9.00 -5
  Whitesox 26 4 3 .571 12 8 6 0 3 71 59 35 17 19 19 2.15 5
  TOTALS   4 4 .500 13 9 7 0 3 79 72 45 25 23 22 2.85 0
1904 Whitesox 27 19 14 .576 38 36 31 0 2 307 274 117 101 48 87 2.96 -15
1905 Whitesox 28 23 12 .657 38 34 31 0 4 316 274 89 66 63 97 1.88 20
1906 Whitesox 29 20 13 .606 38 30 25 0 7 288 269 95 66 42 99 2.06 10
1907 Whitesox 30 8 12 .400 30 21 15 2 7 213.2 210 76 61 31 61 2.57 -1
1908 Whitesox 31 5 7 .417 23 13 8 2 7 136 127 59 41 18 21 2.71 -8
1909 Whitesox 32 0 1 .000 1 1 1 0 0 9 16 6 5 1 2 5.00 -3
  Senators 32 1 3 .250 9 5 2 0 4 38 55 23 23 5 9 5.45 -13
  TOTALS   1 4 .200 10 6 3 0 4 47 71 29 28 6 11 5.36 -16
1912 Senators 35 0 1 .000 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 0 18.00 -2
1913 Senators 36 0 0   4 0 0 0 2 9.1 7 5 5 4 2 4.82 -2
1914 Senators 37 0 0   1 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0.00 0
1915 Senators 38 0 0   1 0 0 1 1 3 7 4 3 1 2 9.00 -2
1918 Senators 41 1 2 .333 5 3 1 0 2 24 24 11 8 6 5 3.00 0
1919 Senators 42 0 0   1 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 4 0 0   -4
1924 Senators 47 0 0   1 0 0 0 1 2 4 1 0 0 0 0.00 1
  TOTALS   84 74 .532 218 161 128 6 46 1515 1455 604 449 272 425 2.67 -24
  LG AVERAGE   84 83 .500     127 6   1515 1390 635 451 398 648 2.68 0


YEAR TEAM HR H/9 BR/9 SO/9 BB/9 SO/BB SHO WP IBB HBP BFP BK NW NL
1898 Colonels 2 11.44 14.53 1.67 2.70 0.62 0 5 0 3 0 0 2 4
1902 Americans 0 9.50 13.00 2.50 3.50 0.71 0 0 0 0 79 0 1 1
1903 Americans 0 14.63 19.13 3.38 4.50 0.75 0 0 0 0 41 0 0 1
  Whitesox 4 7.48 10.27 2.41 2.41 1.00 1 2 0 3 296 0 4 3
  TOTALS 4 8.20 11.16 2.51 2.62 0.96 1 2 0 3 337 0 4 4
1904 Whitesox 2 8.03 9.56 2.55 1.41 1.81 6 7 0 4 1222 0 14 19
1905 Whitesox 3 7.80 9.66 2.76 1.79 1.54 3 6 0 2 0 0 22 13
1906 Whitesox 0 8.41 9.81 3.09 1.31 2.36 4 5 0 3 0 0 19 14
1907 Whitesox 3 8.85 10.24 2.57 1.31 1.97 1 4 0 2 870 0 10 10
1908 Whitesox 2 8.40 9.73 1.39 1.19 1.17 1 2 0 2 532 1 5 7
1909 Whitesox 0 16.00 17.00 2.00 1.00 2.00 0 0 0 0 34 0 0 1
  Senators 0 13.03 14.45 2.13 1.18 1.80 0 0 0 1 171 0 1 3
  TOTALS 0 13.60 14.94 2.11 1.15 1.83 0 0 0 1 205 0 1 4
1912 Senators 0 9.00 27.00 0.00 18.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 1
1913 Senators 0 6.75 11.57 1.93 3.86 0.50 0 0 0 1 43 0 0 0
1914 Senators 0 27.00 27.00 0.00 0.00   0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
1915 Senators 0 21.00 24.00 6.00 3.00 2.00 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0
1918 Senators 1 9.00 11.63 1.88 2.25 0.83 0 0 0 1 105 0 1 2
1919 Senators 0           0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
1924 Senators 0 18.00 18.00 0.00 0.00   0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
  TOTALS 17 8.64 10.39 2.52 1.62 1.56 16 31 0 22 3433 1 79 79
  LG AVERAGE 20 8.26 10.96 3.85 2.37 1.63 17 36 0 57 4120 1    

Notable AchievementsEdit

  • Member of 1903 World Series Champion Boston Americans team.
  • Member of 1906 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox team.
  • Member of 1924 World Series Champion Washington Senators team.
  • Ranks 61st on MLB Career ERA List (2.65).
  • Ranks 47th on MLB Career WHIP List (1.141).
  • Ranks 31st on MLB Career Walks/9IP List (1.62).
  • Chicago White Sox Career Walks/9IP Leader (1.49).

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