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Stan Coveleski
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Baseball Player
    When he first signed with a minor league team (the Lancaster Red Roses, 1910), he was too shy to eat with the other players in the hotel dining room.
    He specialized in throwing spitballs.
    That combined with his ethnicity to produce the nickname ‘the Greased Pole.’
    His second wife was his first wife’s sister.
    Despite his successes in Cleveland, he never liked playing there. (‘The people were all right, but I just didn’t like the town.’)
    He broke into the majors when the spitball was still a legal pitch, and after the spitball was banned (1920), he was one of the 17 pitchers grandfathered in and allowed to continue to throw it.
    During his first season in Cleveland, he pitched a game despite a 102 degree fever caused by tonsillitis.
    He twice led the American League in ERA (1923,1925) and once in strikeouts (1920).
    During the 1920 World Series, he pitched three complete game victories and set a still-standing* World Series record with a 0.67 ERA. (*As of the 2018 Series)
    He was married to his second wife for over sixty years.

Credit: C. Fishel


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