The Strangest Month in the Strange Career of Rube Waddell

By Steven A. King

This article was published in the 2013 The National Pastime.

"Hugh Fullerton has a theory regarding left-handed pitchers that their left arms affect their hearts and that affects their brain which is why they’re all eccentric. Waddell is, of course, the synonym for eccentricity in baseball."— Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 21, 1906   One controversial aspect of Rube Waddell’s career, while he was still playing and a century later, is what happened during the last month of the 1905 season that resulted in his missing the World Series. This was the first played by Philadelphia and would be . . .

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