Pete Alexander was the Phillies second star pitcher (the first being Charlie Ferguson.) He joined the Phillies in 1911 and had the greatest rookie year by a pitcher in the history of baseball. He won 28 games and posted an ERA of 2.57.
Over his first seven seasons with the Phillies, he led the league in wins six times, strikeouts five times, and ERA twice. He won the Pitching Triple Crown in 1915 and 1916, and just missed a third one in 1917 when second in ERA.
Alexander was drafted into the army to fight in World War I after the 1917 season. The Phillies feared Alexander may get injured during fighting and traded him to the Chicago Cubs. Another reason, they claimed, was that Alexander was a drinker, which was true. But after many years, they admitted it was for financial reasons.
In 1919, Alexander led the league in ERA, and in 1920, he won another Pitching Triple Crown. He continued to pitch well over the rest of his career.
Sadly, Alexander began to drink more and more as the years wore on, which affected his playing.
In 1930, Alexander rejoined the Phillies after winning the World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1926 and the NL pennant in 1928. He pitched in nine games. After his MLB career was over, he joined the House of David, a prominent barnstorming baseball club.
Alexander was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938.
Career Stats: 373-208, 2.56 ERA, 2198 K, 5190 IP, 1.121 WHIP