Guy Hecker

Guy Jackson Hecker (April 3, 1856 – December 3, 1938) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball. He was born in Youngsville, Pennsylvania. His debut game took place on May 2, 1882. His final game took place on September 30, 1890. During his career he played for the Louisville Eclipse/Colonels and Pittsburgh Alleghenys. Hecker is considered by some baseball historians to be the best combination pitcher and hitter to play in the 19th century. He remains as one of the only two pitchers in major League history to hit three home runs in one game, alongside Jim Tobin, and the only pitcher to win a batting title. In addition, he is the only pitcher in baseball history to get six hits in a nine-inning game.

Guy Hecker
Guy Hecker batting.jpg
1888 baseball card of Hecker
Pitcher / First baseman
Born: (1856-04-03)April 3, 1856
Youngsville, Pennsylvania
Died: December 3, 1938(1938-12-03) (aged 82)
Wooster, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 2, 1882, for the Louisville Eclipse
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1890, for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys
MLB statistics
Win–loss record175–146
Earned run average2.93
Career highlights and awards

Hecker was the second pitcher ever in the American Association to pitch a no-hitter. He did this as a rookie with Louisville on September 19, 1882. He narrowly missed becoming the first pitcher in the AA by a week, as his teammate Tony Mullane threw one. He also set a WHIP record of 0.77, which remained the MLB record until 2000, when it was broken by Pedro Martínez' mark of 0.74; yet Hecker's mark remains the rookie record. In 1884, Hecker won the pitching version of the triple crown by compiling 52 wins, a 1.85 earned run average, and 385 strikeouts. In 1886, he won the batting title by hitting .341 for the season. He finished his career in 1890 by managing and playing for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys.

Hecker died in Wooster, Ohio, and was buried at Wooster Cemetery.

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Preceded by
Tony Mullane
No-hitter pitcher
September 19, 1882
Succeeded by
Larry Corcoran