Jeff Pfeffer

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 (1913–21), St. Louis Cardinals (1921–24) 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. He led the National League in hit batsmen in 1916 (17) and 1917 (16). In 1916 he gave up Rogers Hornsby's first home run. In 13 seasons he had a 158–112 win-loss record with 10 saves in 347 games.

As of the end of the 2009 season, Pfeffer ranks 95th on the MLB career ERA list (2.77) and tied for 69th on the MLB career hit batsmen list (105). He is the Dodgers' career leader in ERA (2.31).

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

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