Timothy John Keefe
(Smiling Tim or Sir Timothy)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10½", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Somerville (MA) High School
- Debut August 6, 1880
- Final Game August 15, 1893
- Born January 1, 1857 in Cambridge, MA USA
- Died April 23, 1933 in Cambridge, MA USA
"Keefe was one of the first pitchers celebrated for his head work. Teaming with...Mickey Welch, he assured the Giants of a well-pitched game almost every day." - Lee Allen, Hall of Fame historian
Hall of Famer Tim Keefe won 342 games in the majors. He was on the same teams as fellow Hall of Fame pitcher Mickey Welch for a decade. From 1883 to 1888 he won at least 32 games each season. He led the league three times in ERA and twice in wins. In 1886, he had a 42-20 record with a 2.56 ERA. He had the first great change-up in the major leagues. He holds an obscure record, as he won games in 47 major league ballparks; second on the all-time list is Randy Johnson, with 41.
As a rookie he posted an 0.86 ERA, leading the league. The league ERA was 2.38. However, he appeared in only 12 games that season.
Although he was born and died outside of Boston in Cambridge, MA, he never pitched for a Boston team in the majors.
He was not a strong hitter, but showed some power with 9 triples in 1883, leading his team in triples that year. He umpired games occasionally al;most every season starting in the National League in 1880, then became a full-time ump from 1894 to 1896.
His cousin, John Keefe, pitched one season in the majors.
- NL Pitcher's Triple Crown (1888)
- 3-time NL ERA Leader (1880, 1885 & 1888)
- 2-time NL Wins Leader (1886 & 1888)
- NL Winning Percentage Leader (1888)
- 2-time League Games Pitched Leader (1883/AA & 1886/NL)
- 2-time League Innings Pitched Leader (1883/AA & 1886/NL)
- 2-time League Strikeouts Leader (1883/AA & 1888/NL)
- 2-time League Complete Games Leader (1883/AA & 1886/NL)
- NL Shutouts Leader (1888)
- 20 Wins Seasons: 7 (1883-1889)
- 30 Wins Seasons: 6 (1883-1888)
- 40 Wins Seasons: 2 (1883 & 1886)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 11 (1881-1890 & 1892)
- 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 10 (1881-1889 & 1892)
- 400 Innings Pitched Seasons: 7 (1881 & 1883-1888)
- 500 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1883 & 1886)
- 600 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1883)
- 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 6 (1883-1886, 1888 & 1889)
- 300 Strikeouts Seasons: 3 (1883, 1884 & 1888)
- Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1964
- Lowest ERA, season (before 1893), 0.86
- Most consecutive wins, season, 19, 1888 (tied)
- Errors, pitcher, career, 166
- Charlie Bevis: Tim Keefe: A Biography of the Hall of Fame Pitcher and Player-Rights Advocate, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2015. ISBN 978-0-7864-9665-5