From BR Bullpen
Roger Denzer (Peaceful Valley)
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
- Debut April 24, 1897
- Final Game August 28, 1901
- Born October 5, 1871 in Le Sueur, MN USA
- Died September 18, 1949 in Le Sueur, MN USA
 Biographical Information
"One of the famous freaks of the game was the nail on the fence of the Sunday grounds at St. Paul . . . (Frank) Isbell says he was pitching . . . (and a) batter drove a fly (which) stuck on a wire nail . . . practically the same thing happened while Roger Denzer was pitching a game, the ball impaling itself on the same nail . . . Denzer, after the game, procured a hammer and bent the nail and Isbell, in telling the story, always offered to show a bent nail in the fence to prove it." - from the Atlanta Constitution, August 17, 1919
Roger "Peaceful Valley" Denzer went 4-14 in the majors but had more success in the minors, going 33-10 for St. Paul in 1898 and 20-10 for the Chicago White Stockings of the new minor-league American League in 1900.
He pitched for manager Cap Anson in 1897 and did better than one might think: his 5.13 ERA was not too much higher than the team ERA of 4.53. He was two years younger than fellow pitcher Clark Griffith.
According to a blurb in the April 26, 1897 edition of The Lewiston Daily Sun, Roger got the nickname "Peaceful Valley" because that was the title of a play being performed at the time and Roger supposedly resembled one of the actors.