Phil Douglas

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Phillip Brooks Douglas
(Shufflin' Phil)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Late in the 1922 season, Phil Douglas had a heated argument with his manager with the New York Giants, John McGraw. Still angered over the argument, Douglas then wrote a letter to St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Les Mann. The letter in part stated, "I don't want this guy (McGraw) to win the pennant. Talk it over with the boys and if it's alright send the goods to my house and I'll go fishing." Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis found out about the letter and banned Douglas.

Douglas, at the time, was having his best season with a record of 11-4 and an ERA of 2.63. Indeed, he had the lowest ERA in the league that year. The previous season, he had won 2 games for the Giants in the 1921 World Series.

Douglas was also on the Chicago Cubs team of 1918 that went to the World Series, although he pitched only one inning.

He was at Spokane in 1913. At one point he played in a company league of the Tennessee Coal and Iron Company in Alabama. He played in 1924 with other outlawed players in the South Georgia League.

The book Much More Than a Game states that Douglas was "an alcoholic who had been fined for going AWOL", and that the 1922 letter was a try at revenge. The book Ghosts in the Gallery at Cooperstown also states Douglas was an alcoholic and that John McGraw assigned Jesse Burkett to keep track of him 24 hours a day in 1922. However, Douglas "tired of Burkett's company and fell spectacularly off the wagon".

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL ERA Leader (1922)
  • NL Games Pitched Leader (1917)
  • NL Shutouts Leader (1921)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1921)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (1914, 1917 & 1919-1921)
  • Won a World Series with the New York Giants in 1921

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