Sam Leever

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Sam Leever
Born: (1871-12-23)December 23, 1871
Goshen, Ohio
Died: May 19, 1953(1953-05-19) (aged 81)
Goshen, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 26, 1898, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1910, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 194–100
Earned run average 2.47
Strikeouts 847
Career highlights and awards

Samuel Leever (December 23, 1871 – May 19, 1953), nicknamed "The Goshen Schoolmaster," was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Born in Goshen, Ohio, Leever came into baseball after an earlier career as a schoolteacher.[1] He won 25 games in 1903 to help the Pirates win their third consecutive National League pennant, but lost both his starts in the World Series as the heavily favored Pirates were upset by Boston. He later went 8–1 for the 1909 Pirates, when they won their first World Series title. His lifetime ERA was 2.47 with a 194–100 record, 847 strikeouts, 39 shutouts, 241 complete games, 587 walks, and only 29 home runs allowed in 2660.2 innings.

Leever died at age 81 in Goshen.

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