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Charles Flint Rhem (Shad)

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Right-hander Flint Rhem pitched a no-hit, no-run game for the Ft. Smith Twins of the Western Association on August 21, 1924, setting down the Hutchinson Wheat Shockers 4-0. Branch Rickey, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, was watching from the stands. Rhem had pitched the day before but Rickey wanted to see him work. Rhem would finish the season at Ft. Smith with a 22-15 record and a 2.64 ERA. He Led the Western Association in strikeouts with 282 while pitching 293 innings. This was not only to be Rhem's first year in pro baseball it would also turn out to be his first in the major leagues as he finished out the year with the 1924 St. Louis Cardinals, going 2-2 in six games.

Flint would stay with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1925 to 1928, winning 49 and losing 40. His best year came in 1926 when he led the league with 20 wins, while pitching 258 innings and helped his team to the National League pennant and World Series Championship. Flint would start the fourth game for the Cardinals, his only appearance in the series and was busted for two homers by the Yankees slugger, Babe Ruth, in the first and third innings but was relieved by Art Reinhart in the top of the fifth with a 4-3 lead; Reinhart would suffer the loss by giving up four runs in the top of the fifth and the Yankees would go on to win game four, 10-5. The Cardinals would go on to win the series in seven games and Rhem would see no more action, but was up in the bullpen in the last inning of the last game. See 1926 World Series for more information.

Rhem would drop to a 10-12 record for the 1927 Cardinals but pop back up above .500 with a 11-8 record, helping the Cardinals to another National League pennant in 1928. It was a different year and a different team in 1928 and the New York Yankees swept the St. Louis Cardinals four games to zero and Rhem made one appearance in the World Series with no decisions, pitching two innings. For unknown reasons, Rhem would spend 1929 with the Houston Buffaloes of the Texas League and the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association where he would go 12-13 in 211 innings.

He would show back up with the 1930 St. Louis Cardinals. Flint would go 12-8 with a 4.45 ERA in 139 innings and the Cardinals would win another pennant, edging out the Chicago Cubs by two games, but lose the World Series to the Philadelphia Athletics by a 4-2 game margin. Rehm would appear in just one game, pitching 3 innings, allowing six runs and losing the decision.

Flint was still on the mound for the Cardinals in 1931 and pitched a solid year, going 11-10 with a 3.56 ERA, while pitching 207 innings and the Cardinals ran off with the 1931 pennant, winning by 13 games over John McGraws New York Giants. This was the fourth World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals club in six seasons (1926-1931) and they locked up their second World Series during this run with a 4 games to 3 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics in 1931. Again Rhem saw minimal action in the series, pitching only one inning with no decisions.

Rhem started strong for the 1932 Cardinals with a 4-2 record but on June 4, the Cardinals sold him to the 1932 Philadelphia Phillies where he won eleven games while losing only seven, giving him a 15-9 record for the year with a 3.58 ERA. Flint went through one of his worst years in 1933, 5-14 with a 6.62 ERA and the Phillies sold him back to the Cardinals. In the middle of June 1934, Rhem was sold by the Cardinals to the Boston Braves and he would wind up with a 9-8 for the 1934 season. He would finish up his major league career in 1935-36 with the Braves and the Cardinals, one year with each club, adding 2-6 to his already long record.

After 12 hard-working seasons in the majors, Rehm ended up with a 105-97 record with a 4.20 ERA while pitching 1,725 innings. Flint also had four seasons in the minors where he had a 46-37 record with a 3.91 ERA while pitching 655 innings. Rehm was 35 years old when he finally called it quits. After baseball, the pitcher returned to his native South Carolina where he died at the age of 68 on July 30, 1969 in Columbia, SC.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL Wins Leader (1926)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1926 & 1932)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1926)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1926, 1931 & 1932)
  • Won two World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals (1926 & 1931)

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