Jack Pfiester

John Albert Pfiester (May 24, 1878 September 3, 1953) was an American professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs from 1903 to 1911 and helped the Cubs win two World Series championships.

Jack Pfiester
Baseball card of Pfiester
Born: (1878-05-24)May 24, 1878
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: September 3, 1953(1953-09-03) (aged 75)
Loveland, Ohio
Batted: Right
Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 8, 1903, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
May 10, 1911, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record71–44
Earned run average2.02
Career highlights and awards


Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Pfiester started his professional baseball career in the minor leagues in 1901.[1] He played briefly for the Pirates in 1903 and 1904. In 1904, Pfiester played mostly for the Omaha Rangers of the Western League. He had a win–loss record of 24–11 for Omaha and helped the team win the league championship. In 1905, with the renamed Omaha Rourkes, Pfiester went 25–11 with a 1.76 earned run average. He had the second-most wins in the Western League. That year, he was purchased by the Cubs.

In 1906, Pfiester played his first full major league season and went 20–8 with a 1.51 ERA, the second-best ERA in the National League. The 1906 Cubs had one of the best MLB seasons ever, winning the NL pennant and finishing with 116 wins. However, they were defeated in the 1906 World Series, with Pfiester going 0–2 in the series. The following year, he went 14–9 and led the NL with a 1.15 ERA. He won his only start of the 1907 World Series in Game 2, and the Cubs won the series.

On September 23, 1908, during the Merkle's Boner game against the New York Giants, Pfiester pitched a complete game, allowing five hits, with a dislocated tendon in his pitching forearm. He had to be assisted off the field a few times after throwing curveballs. As soon as the game ended, he went to Ohio to be treated, and his tendon was snapped back into place by trainer Bonesetter Reese. Pfiester finished the season with a record of 12–10. He lost his only start of the 1908 World Series in Game 3, but the Cubs won the series. It was the team's last championship until 2016.

Pfiester went 17–6 with a 2.43 ERA in 1909.[2] In 1910, his last full season in professional baseball, he went 6–3. He pitched in the 1910 World Series but did not get a decision, and the Cubs lost. In 1911, Pfiester went 1–4 before the Cubs traded him to the minor leagues in May, and he never played in the majors again. Pfiester finished his MLB career with a 71–44 win–loss record. His career ERA in MLB was 2.02, which is the fourth-lowest of all time among pitchers with at least 1,000 innings thrown.

After his baseball career ended, Pfiester settled in Ohio with his wife and their son, Jack Jr. Pfiester died in Loveland, Ohio, at the age of 75.[3]

See also


  1. "Jack Pfiester Minor & Independent Leagues Statistics & History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  2. "Jack Pfiester Stats". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  3. "Jack Pfiester Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2007-04-06.
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