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George Barclay Mercer

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 140 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Win Mercer was a solid pitcher for 9 years in the majors, but was also a good enough hitter that he played other positions as well. In 1899 as a pitcher he started 21 games, but also appeared in 62 games at third base. He also played outfield and shortstop.

His lifetime major league win/loss record was 131-164, spending his entire career with teams that finished under .500 - often well under .500. His lifetime major league batting average was .286, and he hit over .300 three times. In 1898, when he hit .321 in 249 at-bats, the team hit .271.

He won 25 games in 1896, and his 3.85 ERA in 1894 was third in the league. Saves were not an official statistic then, but he often finished games and sometimes got what would today be called saves. It is said that he led the league in saves in 1897, with 3, but then no one in 1897 would have known that.

He was set to manage the Detroit Tigers in 1903, but died in the off-season, apparently a suicide.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL Games Pitched Leader (1897)
  • NL Saves Leader (1897)
  • NL Shutouts Leader (1897)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 4 (1894, 1896, 1897 & 1902)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 2 (1896 & 1897)
  • 25 Wins Seasons: 1 (1896)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 7 (1894-1898, 1900 & 1902)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1894-1897)

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