Pitcher, Baseball Player
1885 – 1970
Who was Sailor Stroud?
Ralph Vivian "Sailor" Stroud was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in 1910 and the New York Giants in 1915 and 1916. Born in Ironia, New Jersey, Stroud was a 6 ft 0 in right-handed pitcher. He played in 28 games for the Detroit Tigers in 1910, 15 of them as a starter. In his major league debut on April 29, 1910, Stroud shut out the St. Louis Browns 5–0. During the 1910 season, Stroud had 7 complete games and 3 shoutouts in 130-1/3 innings pitched. He had a record of 5–7 with an ERA of 3.25. He allowed 9 home runs in 1910—more than any other pitcher in the American League.
In 1913, Stroud played for the Sacramento Solons in the Pacific Coast League, impressively winning 25 games in 315 innings with 202 strikeouts. In 1914, Stroud had another great season for the Solons, with a 20–18 record, a 2.01 ERA in 331 innings.
After two strong seasons with the Solons, Stroud was signed by the New York Giants. Stroud had a good curve and changeup, but he was erratic. He won a spot in the Giants' starting rotation in 1915 after winning a pitching duel with Grover Cleveland Alexander. He went 12–9 for the Giants in 1915 and 3–2 in 1916. Stroud won his last major league victory on May 26, 1916, a 12–1 win over the Boston Braves.
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