Richard Rudolph (August 25, 1887, in New York City – October 20, 1949, in Bronx, New York), was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Giants and Boston Braves through 13 seasons spanning 1910–1927. He attended Fordham University.
|Born: August 25, 1887|
New York City, New York
|Died: October 20, 1949 (aged 62)|
Bronx, New York
|September 30, 1910, for the New York Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 11, 1927, for the Boston Braves|
|Earned run average||2.66|
|Career highlights and awards|
Though he stood only 5' 9.5" and weighed just 160 lbs., Rudolph was a large contributor for the 1914 Miracle Braves that went from last place to first place of the National League in two months, becoming the first team to win a pennant after being in last place on the Fourth of July. The Braves then went on to sweep Connie Mack's heavily favored Philadelphia Athletics in the 1914 World Series, becoming the first MLB club ever to win a series in just four games, as Rudolph pitched complete-game victories in Games 1 and 4.
Rudolph won 12 straight games during the regular season. In doing this, he turned in a 12-game consecutive winning streak from July 4 through August 24. Overall, he posted a 26-10 record with a 2.37 ERA in 44 games (43 starts), including 30 complete games and six shutouts in 341-plus innings of work. Though Rudolph never reached his 1914 peak again, he collected 22 wins in 1915 and 19 in the next season.
- Batting and Pitching statistics. Baseball Reference. Retrieved on June 3, 2019.
- The 1914 Boston Braves at www.thisgreatgame.com Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- "Dick Rudolph, 62, Star of '14 Braves – Pitcher Whose 27 Wins Helped Team From Cellar to Top Dies — Twice Victor in Series". New York Times. October 22, 1949. p. 17. Retrieved August 26, 2018.