William Edward “Wild Bill” Donovan (1876-1923) was a right-handed pitcher who won a significant number of games (185) with many strikeouts (1,552), but who also threw more pitches than most, walking numerous batters along the way (1,059). In 1901, Donovan led the National League in wins (25), games played (45) saves (3) and walks (152). He played 18 seasons with the Washington Senators (1898), Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1902), Detroit Tigers (1903-1912, 1918) and New York Yankees (1915-1916). From 1907-1909, Wild Bill was a member of three American League pennant-winning Detroit Tiger teams but never won a World Series. Arm injuries limited Donovan’s playing time in 1912 and eventually turned him from pitcher to player/manager throwing much less as his career wound down. Wild Bill Donovan compiled a record of 185-139 with 1,552 strikeouts and a 2.69 career ERA while completing 289 contests. Wild Bill was killed in a train collision, traveling to the Major League Baseball meetings in Chicago in 1923.
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