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St. Paul in Howard County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Grover Cleveland Alexander

 
 
Grover Cleveland Alexander Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joan Shurtliff, October 5, 2014
1. Grover Cleveland Alexander Marker
Inscription. Grover Cleveland Alexander, the third winningest pitcher in major league baseball history, was born near Elba, Nebraska, on February 26, 1887. After pitching for local and minor league teams, Alexander signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1911, his first season, he amassed twenty-eight victories, still a rookie record. In a career that included stints with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, "Alexander the Great" compiled 373 victories; ninety shutouts, a National League record; and a major league record of sixteen shutouts in a season. Military service and bouts with epilepsy and alcoholism probably limited his career totals.

Renowned for pinpoint control, Alexander threw one of baseball's most famous strikeouts in the seventh game of the 1926 World Series. Pitching in relief for the Cardinals, the veteran righthander, then called "Old Pete," struck out the Yankees' Tony Lazerri with the bases loaded.

In 1938 Alexander was among the first thirteen inductees to baseball's Hall of Fame. He died in St. Paul, Nebraska, on November 4, 1950. In "The Winning Team," Alexander's 1952 film biography, the baseball immortal was portrayed by Ronald Reagan.
 
Erected by Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 317.)
 
Marker series.
Grover Cleveland Alexander, Philadelphia NL image. Click for full size.
By Bain News Service, 1912
2. Grover Cleveland Alexander, Philadelphia NL
This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 41° 12.815′ N, 98° 27.334′ W. Marker is in St. Paul, Nebraska, in Howard County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th Street, on the right when traveling west on 4th Street. Touch for map. This marker is located on the southeast corner of a city park in St. Paul. It used to be located at the junction of U.S. 281 and State Highway 92 just south of the town. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Paul NE 68873, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Ed Fleming (a few steps from this marker).
 
Also see . . .
1. Grover Cleveland Alexander Statistics - MLB.com. (Submitted on October 14, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. National Baseball Hall of Fame - Grover Cleveland Alexander. (Submitted on October 14, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Sports
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2014, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. This page has been viewed 296 times since then and 73 times this year. Last updated on June 24, 2017, by Jim McGeorge of Butte, Nebraska. Photos:   1. submitted on October 12, 2014, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska.   2. submitted on October 14, 2014. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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