Culpeper in Culpeper County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Eppa Rixey Boyhood Home
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.
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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Culpeper.
More about this marker.
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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,511 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.