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 Claude Raymond Hendrix

Claude Raymond Hendrix

Birth
Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas, USA
Death 22 Mar 1944 (aged 54)
Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Whitehall, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section W, Lot 41, Space 2
Memorial ID 20075 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. He played Major League baseball as a right-handed pitcher for 10 seasons (1911 to 1920) for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs of the National League, and the Chicago Whales of the Federal League. He won 20 or more games 3 times in this career, and led the Federal League in wins with 29 in 1914. In his first full year with the Pirates, he won 24 Games (good for 2nd in the League), but jumped to the Federal League following the 1913 season, joining the Whales. On May 15, 1915 he pitched a 10-0 no-hitter over the Pittsburgh Rebels. When the FL folded after 1915, he was one of 11 players sold to the Cubs (Joe Tinker and Three Fingers Brown were other ones sold). His 20 wins in 1918 helped the Cubs win the National League pennant, although his only appearance in that year’s World Series was a one-inning relief stint in Game 6 (the Red Sox defeated the Cubs 4 to 2 in that Series). He pitched for two more years with the Cubs, but was released in 1920. He ended his career with 144 Wins-116 Losses, 1,092 Strikeouts and a 2.65 career Earned Run Average. An excellent batter for a pitcher, he smacked 13 Home Runs during his career. Long after his career was over, his reputation as a player became unfairly linked to the gambling corruption that was rampant at the time (which culminated in the 1919 Black Sox Scandal). In an effort to thwart gamblers who use the ability of a specific pitcher to determine bets, Claude Hendrix was ordered by team President Bill Veeck to be replaced at the last moment from starting an August 1920 game against the Philadelphia Phillies. This incident came under grand jury scrutiny in the wake of the Black Sox scandal and the larger investigation into the corruption. Articles about the incidents that came out in the late 1940s determined that Hendrix was guilty of corruption and was banned by Commissioner Kennesaw Landis. However, no evidence ever was found that Claude Hendrix ever had any part in any corruption, and the fact that he was allowed to play semi-pro ball (which operated under the auspices of the Major Leagues) after his professional days were over proved that he was never banned.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 2 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20075
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Claude Raymond Hendrix (13 Apr 1889–22 Mar 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20075, citing Arlington Memorial Park, Whitehall, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .