Jeff Pfeffer
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Born: (1888-03-04)March 4, 1888
Seymour, Illinois
Died: August 15, 1972(1972-08-15) (aged 84)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1911, for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1924, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record158–112
Earned run average2.77

Edward Joseph Pfeffer (March 4, 1888 – August 15, 1972) born in Seymour, Illinois, was a pitcher for the St. Louis Browns (1911), Brooklyn Dodgers/Robins (1913–1921), St. Louis Cardinals (1921–1924) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1924). His older brother Francis was known as Big Jeff Pfeffer.

He helped the Robins win the 1916 and 1920 National League pennants. In the 1916 World Series, he recorded a save in Game 3 and was the hard-luck losing pitcher of the series-ending Game 5.

Pfeffer led the National League in hit batsmen in 1916 (17) and 1917 (16). In 1916 he gave up Rogers Hornsby's first home run.[1] In 13 seasons he had a 158–112 win–loss record with 10 saves in 347 games.

As of the end of the 2014 season, Pfeffer ranked 96th on the MLB career ERA list (2.77)[2] and tied for 73rd on the MLB career hit batsmen list (105).[3] He is the Dodgers' career leader in ERA (2.31).[4]

He died in Chicago at the age of 84, and is interred at Rock Island National Cemetery.

See also


  1. ^ Alexander, Charles C. (1995). Rogers Hornsby: A Biography. New York City: Henry Holt and Company. p. 27. ISBN 0-8050-2002-0.
  2. ^ Career ERA leaders from Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Career hit batsmen leaders from Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Dodgers career pitching leaders from Baseball-Reference