George Napolean “Nap” Rucker (1884-1970) played for the Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers/Robins from 1907-1916, using a keen intellect and collection of pitches that included a fastball, curveball and knuckleball that baffled hitters. During a down era for the Brooklyn team, Rucker was a pitcher for which fans could cheer, especially when facing the rival New York Giants. In 1910, Rucker led the league in games started (39) and complete games (27) and shutouts (6). Despite his relatively short career, Nap holds Brooklyn’s record for most shutouts (38) and most strikeouts in a nine-inning game (16). Nap Rucker finished his career with a 134-134 record, 1,217 strikeouts, a 2.42 career ERA and 186 complete games of 274 started.
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