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Eppa Rixey Boyhood Home

 
 
Eppa Rixey Boyhood Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2008
1. Eppa Rixey Boyhood Home Marker
Inscription. National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Eppa Rixey was born on May 3, 1891. Rixey played for the Philadelphia Phillies (NL) and the Cincinnati Reds (NL) during a career that spanned 21 years. He was nicknamed "Jeptha" by a sportswriter who liked the way that it sounded when spoken between "Eppa" and "Rixey." Until his record was surpassed in 1959 by Warren Spahn, his 266 victories were the most by a south paw in the history of the National League.

Rixey attended the University of Virginia, earning a Bachelors degree in 1912 and a Masters degree in 1914. He was urged to try out for the baseball team by Charlie Rigler, a former National League umpire newly hired to coach baseball at the school. He made the team, and played for three years until he joined the major league Phillies without ever playing in the minor leagues at all. Rixey played for the Phillies until 1920, but took time out in 1918 to serve overseas in WWI with an army chemical-warfare division. In 1920, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, and played there until his retirement in 1933. His last game was August 5, 1933.

In all, he pitched in 692 games, won 266 and lost 251 for a winning percentage of .515. It is said that his best strength as a player was his remarkable control. Rixey walked just 2.16 batters per nine innings over his 21-year career.

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Eppa Rixey Boyhood Home and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2008
2. Eppa Rixey Boyhood Home and Marker
1963, he received a call that he had been elected to the Hall of Fame. Always modest, he responded, "I guess they're scraping the bottom of the barrel." Unfortunately, within just a few weeks, he died in Cincinnati at age 72, and the award was presented at Cooperstown to his widow, Dorothy, on February 28, 1963.
 
Erected by Town of Culpeper.
 
Location. 38° 28.407′ N, 77° 59.67′ W. Marker is in Culpeper, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker is at the intersection of East Street and Cameron Street, on the right when traveling south on East Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Culpeper VA 22701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Gallant” Pelham’s Last Days (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Tribute to Black Americans – Early 1900’s (about 500 feet away); A.P. Hill's Boyhood Home (about 500 feet away); Culpeper Court House (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Culpeper Court House (about 500 feet away); William "Extra Billy" Smith (about 600 feet away); Historic Antioch Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); 28th Regiment New York State Volunteer Infantry (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Culpeper.
 
More about this marker.
Eppa Rixey in Philadelphia image. Click for full size.
3. Eppa Rixey in Philadelphia
Rixey practicing during his days as a Philadelphia Phillie. Beside him is Erskine Mayer. The photo was taken at the Polo Grounds, New York.

(Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, Call number LC-B2- 2607-2[P&P])
In the lower left is a photo of the Rixey house, captioned: The house was built circa 1830 by John Thompson. For a time following Thompson's ownership, the Culpeper Female Institute was conducted in the building. This house was bought by Eppa Rixey's father in 1891, and the family lived here until they moved to Charlottesville when Eppa, Jr. was eleven. The home is currently a private residence, and is not open to the public.

In the upper center is a photo of Eppa Rixey during his Cincinnati Reds playing days. In the upper right are copyies of Eppa Rixey's lifetime pass issued by the National League and his Cincinnati Reds baseball card. In the lower right is a photo of Rixey's Hall of Fame plaque.
 
Also see . . .
1. Eppa Rixey. A short biography of Rixey. (Submitted on October 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Career Stats for Eppa Rixey. In addition to his pitching, Rixey was known as an outstanding fielder. (Submitted on October 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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Eppa Rixey image. Click for full size.
4. Eppa Rixey
Pictured during his Cincinnati days.

(Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540, Call Number LC-B2- 6034-14[P&P])
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,452 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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