Daniel Slaughter Tipple
(Rusty or Big Dan)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 176 lb.
- Debut September 18, 1915
- Final Game October 6, 1915
- Born February 13, 1890 in Rockford, IL USA
- Died March 26, 1960 in Omaha, NE USA
"In the second game Dan Tipple, formerly of Indianapolis, pitched a sensational game for New York, holding Cleveland to four hits and striking out 10." - Sporting Life's report of a Sept. 25, 1915 game
Big Dan Tipple was successful in both a short stint in the majors and also in the minors. In the big leagues, he pitched 19 innings for the New York Yankees in 1915 and posted an ERA of 0.95. During 12 seasons in the minors, he had a win-loss record of 142-113, winning at least 20 games twice, 18 once and 16 once. He threw no-hitters for the 1915 Indianapolis Indians and 1922 Omaha Buffaloes.
Dan was born in Rockford, IL, two years before Hal Carlson was born there. The BR minor league database shows Dan beginning in the minors at age 22 in the Illinois-Missouri League in 1912. He went 10-4 for the Huntington Blue Sox in 1913, 18-11 for the Omaha Rourkes in 1914, and 12-9 for the Indianapolis Indians in 1915, coming up to the Yankees that September.
While his ERA was 0.95, he was a bit wild, giving up 11 walks in 19 innings, and throwing 2 wild pitches. On the other hand, his strikeout-per-nine-innings rate was 6.6, second-highest on the team that year.
The following year, 1916, he was 20-12 with the minor league Baltimore Orioles. Babe Ruth had pitched for the Orioles in 1914. In 1922 Tipple was 23-6 for the Omaha Buffaloes, a team which also featured the young Babe Herman hitting .416.