Rixey entered the major leagues in 1912 directly from the University of Virginia and went 10-10 in his first year with a stellar 2.50 ERA. After several mediocre seasons, and a forgettable 1914 in which he went 2-11, Rixey went 22-10 in 1916 with a 1.85 ERA. Rixey missed the 1918 season to serve overseas in the war effort and stuggled upon returning to baseball action, going 6-12 in 1919 and 11-22 in 1920.
Rixey was traded prior to the 1921 season to the Cincinnati Reds. The trade paid off for Rixey who returned to his best pre-war form. He won 19 games in 1921, a league-high 25 in 1922, 20 in 1923, 15 in 1924 and 21 in 1925. Rixey's play began to slip in 1930, when he went 9-13 with a 5.10 ERA and pitched less than 200 innings for the first time since 1919. He lingered in the Reds organization until 1933, however, before retiring. He finished with 266 wins, 251 losses and a 3.15 ERA.
EppaRixey could brag for many years to be the all-time best left-handedpitcher to play professional baseball.
Born in Culpeper, Virginia, Rixey played golf, tennis and basketball for the University of Virginia until off-season umpire Cy Rigler, studying at UVA as well as coaching baseball and basketball, encouraged the 6’5”, 210 pound Rixey to try his hand at pitching.
Rixey never pitched a day in the minors, but went straight on to a 10-10 record and a 2.5 ERA his rookie season with the Philadelphia Phillies.
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