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 Pol Perritt

Pol Perritt

Original Name William Dayton
Birth
Arcadia, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 15 Oct 1947 (aged 55)
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Arcadia, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 22394 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. He played Major League Baseball for ten seasons (1912 to 1921) as a pitcher with St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and Detroit Tigers. Born on Louisiana, he made his Major League debut with the Cardinals at the tail end of the 1912 season, winning one game and losing another. In 1913 he became part of the team’s regular starting rotation in a season that saw St. Louis finish last in the National League and saw him win only 6 games and lose 13. He would blossom thought in 1914, becoming one of the top National League pitchers, winning 16 games as the Cardinals finished fourth and played themselves out of the bottom of the standings. However, dissatisfied with Cardinals management, Pol Perritt signed a contract in 1915 to play with the Pittsburgh Rebels of the Federal Baseball League. The situation came to the attention of New York Giants manager John McGraw, who coveted Perritt, and he worked out a trade with the Cardinals for Perritt’s rights. Seeing how he could return to the well-established Major Leagues while be plaid more money than the Rebels could, Perritt abandoned his contract with Pittsburgh – a move that furthered the conflict between the Major Leagues and the Federal League (which would fold after their 1915 season). He would go on to play in the next seven season with the Giants, alternating between starting and relieving (his inability to finish games early on in his Giants career would earn him the criticism of New York fans and sportswriters). From 1916 to 1918 he would win at least 17 games each season, posting an 17-7 record in 1917 as the Giants won the National League Pennant. He was religated to relief pitching in the subsequent World Series against the Chicago White Sox, appearing in three games, including Game 6, where he gave up a ninth-inning insurance run to Chicago as the White Sox one the Championship 4 Games to 2. During the 1918 season he came into conflict with manager McGraw and other teammates, and he held out for the beginning of the 1919 season. He had investing in oil wells in Texas, and used his involvement in them as contract leverage. Manager McGraw had persuade him to return to the team, but showed little inclination to get himself into playing form. He pitched only 19 innings, and left the team that August. He would return twice – at the end of the 1920 season and the beginning of the 1921 season, pitching well enough, but Giants management finally soured on him and he was sold to the Tigers in June 1921. He pitched in four games with Detroit before they released him. After playing two years in Minor League ball he retired and went on to successfully operate his Texas oil fields. He would finish with a 92-78 Won-Loss record, 256 Games Pitched, 543 Strikeouts, 23 Shut outs, and a career 2.89 Earned Run Average.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 18 May 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22394
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pol Perritt (30 Aug 1892–15 Oct 1947), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22394, citing Arcadia Cemetery, Arcadia, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .