Richard “Dick” Rudolph
Born: August 25, 1887 - New York, NY
Died: October 20, 1949 - Bronx, NY
MLB Pitching Record: 121–108
New York Giants NL (August 25, 1887 - October 20, 1949)
Boston Braves NL (1913–1927)
Fordham University alum Dick Rudolph pitched only 3 games as a rookie and 1 game in 1911 for the Giants. From 1907 to 1913 he pitched mostly for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern/International League, where he went 25–10 in 1912 and 120–71 overall, before joining the Braves. He had a sparkling 26–10 record in 1914, followed by 22 wins in 1915 and 19 wins in 1916. During the 1914 season, he was the best pitcher on a team that won the World Series. Not bad! The Braves were up against his old team the Giants that year. Just before the Series began, the Giants had “Rudolph Day” in the Bronx to honor Dick Rudolph—and jinx him for the Series. But he got the last laugh with a 5–3 opening victory. After his long tour with the Braves, he managed the 1928 Waterbury Brasscos in the Eastern League and the 1930 Portland Mariners in the New England League before retiring. Later he volunteered at Fordham as the freshman baseball coach. He was elected to the International League Hall of Fame in 1948.
– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories