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Edward Tilden Siever

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Weight 190 lb.

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"Pitching that day for our side was Ed Siever, one of the anti-Cobb ring. (After a ball bounced between Cobb and another outfielder) back in the dugout he cursed me... that night ... Siever ... started one that would have removed my head had it landed... But I smothered the blow and ... hit him a right to the jaw ... Tom McMahon, our trainer (said) 'You did only one thing wrong ... You kicked Siever after you had him down." - Ty Cobb's version of an altercation with Ed Siever, from the book My Life in Baseball: The True Record, one in which he denied kicking Siever when he was down

Ed Siever pitched seven years in the majors, first for the Detroit Tigers in the new 1901 American League, then for the St. Louis Browns and finally for the Tigers again.

Siever is one of the few pitchers to lead the league in ERA while having a losing record. With the 1902 Tigers he went 8-11 but had a league-leading 1.91 ERA. He was also in the top ten in the league in ERA in 1901 and 1907.

He appeared in the 1907 World Series, starting Game 3 and taking the loss.

Siever is the only major leaguer through 2009 with the last name "Siever", although Roy Sievers has a similar last name.

Ed was born in Goddard, KS, west of Wichita. He pitched in Colorado and in Canada before coming to Detroit to be part of the new American League in 1900 in its only season as a minor league. He spent 1905 pitching for Minneapolis, going 23-11. After his major league days he pitched for several more seasons in the minors, and went 23-16 for Grays Harbor in 1909.

One source claims that he was let go in 1908 because he and Ty Cobb could not get along, but his 3.50 ERA was second-worst on the squad.

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