aka Rapid Robert, Bullet Bob, and the Heater From Van Meter
Career Record: 266-162 3.25 ERA 2581 K’s
– Signed his major league contract for one dollar and an autographed baseball.
– Bypassed minors and made major league debut as a 17 year old in 1937 in a relief appearance.
– Struck out 15 batters in his first career start, 2 weeks later he would strike out 17 batters.
– First pitcher to win 20 games in a season before the age of 21.
– Threw 3 No-Hitters (Record at the time) and 12 One-Hitters.
– Missed 3 years of prime due to service in navy for world war II
– Elected to Hall of Fame on first ballot in 1962, only Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth had higher voting percentage.
– When he was 66 he could still throw 70mph, more if he didn’t want to comb his hair for a week.