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Frederick "Firpo" Marberry (November 30, 1898 - June 30, 1976) was an American right-handed starting and relief pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1923 to 1936, most notably with the Washington Senators. The sport's first prominent reliever, he has been retroactively credited as having been the first pitcher to record 20 saves in a season, the first to earn 100 career saves, the first to make 50 relief appearances in a season or 300 in a career, and the only pitcher to lead the major leagues in saves five times. But relief pitching was still seen as a lesser calling in a time when starters were only removed when clearly ineffective, and Marberry also started 187 games in his career, winning 94 of them for a remarkable .644 winning percentage. He pitched in later years for the Detroit Tigers (1933-1935) and New York Giants (1936) before ending his career in Washington. November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 31 days remaining, as the final day of November. ... 1898 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... June 30 is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 184 days remaining, as the last day in June. ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... A relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen as the game goes on A relief pitcher or reliever is a baseball or softball pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness or fatigue. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in North America. ... See also: 1922 in sports, 1924 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto racing First 24 hours of Le Mans won by André Lagache and René Leonard Football (American) Canton Bulldogs win National Football League title Football (Australian Rules) Victorian Football League - Essendon wins the 27th VFL... See also: 1935 in sports, 1937 in sports and the list of years in sports. Events May 12: Jockey Ralph Neves was involved in a racing accident at Bay Meadows Racetrack in San Mateo, California and mistakenly pronounced dead. ... Minnesota Twins American League AAA Rochester Red Wings AA New Britain Rock Cats A Fort Myers Miracle Beloit Snappers R Elizabethton Twins Gulf Coast League Twins The Minnesota Twins is a Major League Baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... To save in a sport means to stop a goal or to maintain the lead. ... In baseball, a pitcher is credited with a win (or W) when, in a game won by his team, he is the teams pitcher at the time that his team takes a lead that it does not relinquish for the remainder of the game. ... Detroit Tigers American League AAA Toledo Mud Hens AA Erie SeaWolves A Lakeland Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers R GCL Tigers The Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... San Francisco Giants National League AAA Fresno Grizzlies AA Norwich Navigators A San Jose Giants Augusta GreenJackets Salem-Keizer Volcanoes R Scottsdale Giants The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ...

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Career overview

Born in Streetman, Texas, he became well-known around the majors for the scowl he seemed to constantly have on his face that sometimes frightened batters; his appearance and demeanor reminded observers of boxer Luis Firpo, earning Marberry the nickname for which he often expressed disdain. Streetman is a town located in Texas. ... Barry Bonds batting Photo:Agência Brasil In baseball, batting is the act of facing the opposing pitcher and trying to produce offense for ones team. ... Luis Ángel Firpo, (October 11, 1894? - August 7, 1960), better known as Luis Firpo was a boxer of enormous transcendence in Latin America. ...


Like many players, right-handed Marberry started and ended his career with the same ballclub, the Senators. When he first came up in August 1923, Marberry was effective in 44 and 2/3 innings pitched for the remainder of the season. He went 4-0 that year, proving himself ready for the pros. An 11-12 season with a 3.09 ERA came the year after, which might have seemed fairly average in that era were it not for his relief work, which saw him save 15 games – a new major league record, although it was not realized at the time. Marberry's role was crucial in helping the Senators reach the World Series for the first time in franchise history. See also: 1922 in sports, 1924 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto racing First 24 hours of Le Mans won by André Lagache and René Leonard Football (American) Canton Bulldogs win National Football League title Football (Australian Rules) Victorian Football League - Essendon wins the 27th VFL... In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (denoted by ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... In baseball, the World Series is the championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, played in October after the end of the regular season between the pennant winner of the American League and the pennant winner of the National League. ...


In the 1924 Series against the Giants, Marberry was thrown into a difficult situation in his first appearance; after the Senators had taken a 3-1 lead going into the 9th inning of Game 2 at Griffith Stadium, starter Tom Zachary allowed the Giants to score twice to tie the game. Marberry came in to strike out Travis Jackson to end the inning, and the Senators scored in the bottom of the 9th to tie the Series; Zachary was credited with the win, although modern rules would have credited it to Marberry. The next day, Marberry started Game 3 at the Polo Grounds, but suffered from two unearned runs in the 2nd inning, was pulled for a pinch hitter in the top of the 4th while trailing 3-1, and was charged with the loss. He rebounded in Game 4 the next day, however, entering in the 8th inning with a 7-2 lead and closing out the victory to again tie the Series. The Washington Senators beat the New York Giants in 7 games. ... Griffith Stadium was a baseball stadium that stood in Washington, DC from 1911–1965, at the corner of Georgia Avenue and W Street, NW. An earlier wooden baseball stadium that stood on the site, built in 1891, was destroyed by a fire in March 1911, and replaced by the steel... In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... Travis Calvin Jackson (November 2, 1903 - July 27, 1987) was a Major League Baseball player during the 1920s and 1930s. ... The Polo Grounds was the name given to 4 different stadiums in New York City used by Major League Baseballs New York Giants from 1883 until 1957, and by the New York Mets in their first two seasons of 1962 and 1963. ...


He showed his mettle in Game 7 at Griffith Stadium, entering with two men on base and no one out in the 6th inning, leading 1-0. Although the Giants scored three times in the inning, two of the runs were unearned, and Marberry effectively shut the Giants down through top of the 8th, being pulled for a pinch hitter as the Senators tied the score in the bottom of the inning. Legendary Walter Johnson came in for the 9th inning, and redeemed himself after two losses in the Series by shutting out New York for four innings; the Senators scored in the bottom of the 12th to take what would be the only World Series title in Washington history. Marberry ended the Series with a 1.12 ERA in 4 games. Walter Johnson on a 1909-1911 American Tobacco Company baseball card (White Borders (T206)). Walter Perry Johnson (November 6, 1887-December 10, 1946), American professional baseball pitcher. ...


Marberry came back with another remarkable season in 1925, again saving 15 games to tie his own record as the Senators won their second consecutive pennant. But although he allowed no runs in 2 appearances, Washington dropped the Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates, again going seven games. Marberry had an excellent year in 1926, breaking his own record again with 22 saves and posting a 3.00 ERA, the lowest of his career (besides his brief 1923 season) in an era which strongly favored hitters. He also took over the major league record for career saves, with 52. After two subpar seasons, he came back in 1929 to again lead the American League with 11 saves, while also winning a career-high 19 to finish 4th in the AL. See also: 1924 in sports, 1926 in sports and the list of years in sports. Football (American) Chicago Cardinals win National Football League title Football (Australian Rules) Victorian Football League Footscray, Hawthorn and North Melbourne join the league Geelong wins the 29th VFL Premiership (Geelong 10. ... Pittsburgh Pirates National League AAA Indianapolis Indians AA Altoona Curve A Lynchburg Hillcats Hickory Crawdads Williamsport Crosscutters R Bradenton Pirates The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... See also: 1925 in sports, 1927 in sports and the list of years in sports. Cricket May 31 - India, New Zealand and West Indies are elected as Full Members of the Imperial Cricket Conference thus increasing the number of test playing nations to six. ... See also: 1928 in sports, 1930 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball January 22: The New York Yankees announce they will put numbers on the backs of their uniforms, becoming the first baseball team to engage in continuous use of numbers. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ...


Marberry was never a full-time starter, but was often considered one of the only great pitchers that could go back and forth from the bullpen to being a starter, since there were so few of his era. In 1930 and 1931, Marberry was employed primarily as a starter, and posted an overall record of 31-9 for the two seasons. In 1931, showcasing his talents as both a starter (25 starts), and a reliever (20 appearences), he posted a 16-4 record with a 3.45 ERA (5th in the league) and 88 strikeouts. While he picked up 11 complete games and 1 shutout as a starter, he also had 7 saves, and finished 13th in MVP voting (Lefty Grove won the award). While the game goes on, a relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen, beyond the outfield fence In baseball, the bullpen is the area where pitchers warm-up before entering a game. ... See also: 1929 in sports, 1931 in sports and the list of years in sports. Cricket 10 January-13 January, Christchurch - New Zealand plays its first Test match, against England. ... See also: 1930 in sports, 1932 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing 24 hours of Le Mans: Earl Howe and Tim Birkin, driving an Alfa Romeo 8C. Louis Schneider wins the Indy 500. ... In baseball, a complete game (denoted by CG) is the act of a pitcher pitching an entire game himself, without the benefit of a relief pitcher. ... In baseball, a shutout refers to a game in which one team wins without allowing the opposing team to score any runs. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Robert Moses Lefty Grove (March 6, 1900 - May 22, 1975) was one of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball history, and in the opinion of many - including noted baseball historian Bill James - the best pitcher ever. ...


After again leading the league in saves in 1932, for the fifth and last time, he was traded to Detroit on December 14. With the Tigers, Marberry posted a record of 31-16 in his first two years before his career faded away. After appearing in only 5 games for Detroit in 1935, he made a single relief appearance for the Giants in 1936 before ending his career on June 10 in the town that had come to love him, Washington, D.C. Marberry was afterwards offered a job as an AL umpire, and he did serve in that capacity for the remainder of the season, though never in a Washington game. See also: 1931 in sports, 1933 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball Brooklyns major league baseball team, known informally until now as the Superbas, the Robins, or the Trolley Dodgers, officially selects the name Brooklyn Dodgers. ... December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... See also: 1935 in sports, 1937 in sports and the list of years in sports. Events May 12: Jockey Ralph Neves was involved in a racing accident at Bay Meadows Racetrack in San Mateo, California and mistakenly pronounced dead. ... June 10 is the 161st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (162nd in leap years), with 204 days remaining. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Home plate umpire Gary Darling signals that the last pitch was a strike In baseball, the umpire is the person charged with officiating the game, including beginning and ending the game, enforcing the rules of the game and the grounds, making judgment calls on plays, and meting out discipline. ...


In a 14-season career, Marberry had a lifetime record of 148-88 with a 3.63 ERA in 551 games (187 starts). He accumulated 86 complete games and 7 shutouts, and 101 saves – a record which would stand until 1946, when Johnny Murphy passed him. He struck out 822 batters in 2067-1/3 innings pitched. Marberry would not begin to gain true recognition for many of his accomplishments until the save was created as a pitching statistic in the 1960s. He died at age 77 in Mexia, Texas. See also: 1945 in sports, 1947 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball January 23: Hall of Fame election: The writers vote again fails to select an inductee, despite a newly revamped voting process. ... Mexia (pronounced muh-hay-uh) is a city located in Limestone County, Texas. ...


Trivia

May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (127th in leap years). ... See also: 1933 in sports, 1935 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball July 10 - In the second Major League Baseball All-Star Game, played at the Polo Grounds in New York City, left-handed pitcher Carl Hubbell sets a record by striking out Babe Ruth, Lou... In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base by striking the ball and getting to third before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... Boston Red Sox American League AAA Pawtucket Red Sox AA Portland Sea Dogs A Wilmington Blue Rocks Greenville Bombers Lowell Spinners R Gulf Coast Red Sox The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Carl Nettles Reynolds (February 1, 1903 - May 29, 1978) was an American outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox (1927-31), Washington Senators (1932, 1936), St. ... Richard Benjamin Rick Ferrell (October 12, 1905 - July 27, 1995) was a Major League Baseball player, and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... William Henry Bucky Walters (April 19, 1909 - April 20, 1991) was a American Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher. ...

Highlights

  • Top 10 in the American League in wins, five times (1929, '30, '31, '33, '34)
  • Top 6 in the league in ERA, four times (1924, '29, '31, '33)
  • Led the league in saves, five times (1924, '25, '26, '29, '32); in the top 10 four more times (1927, '28, '31, '34)
  • Led the league in games, six times (1924, '25, '26, '28, '29, '32), and led the league in games finished, four times (1924, '25, '26, '28)

External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com (http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/marbefi01.shtml) - career statistics and analysis
  • Baseball Library (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/M/Marberry_Firpo.stm) - career highlights

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Firpo Marberry - meaning of word (1061 words)
Frederick \"Firpo\" Marberry (November 30 1898 - June 30 1976) was an United States right-handed starting pitcher and relief pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1923 in sports to 1936 in sports, most notably with the Minnesota Twins.
Marberry came in to strikeout Travis Jackson to end the inning, and the Senators scored in the bottom of the 9th to tie the Series; Zachary was credited with the win, although modern rules would have credited it to Marberry.
Marberry had an excellent year in 1926 in sports, breaking his own record again with 22 saves and posting a 3.00 ERA, the lowest of his career (besides his brief 1923 season) in an era which strongly favored hitters.
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