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Jeff Tesreau

Jeff Tesreau
Born: (1888-03-05)March 5, 1888
Ironton, Missouri
Died: September 24, 1946(1946-09-24) (aged 58)
Hanover, New Hampshire
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 12, 1912 for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
June 11, 1918 for the New York Giants
Career statistics
Pitching Record 115-72
Earned run average 2.43
Strikeouts 880
Career highlights and awards
  • National League pennant winner (1912, 1913, 1917)
  • National League ERA champion (1912)
  • National League shutout leader (1914)
  • Two 20-win seasons

Charles Monroe "Jeff" Tesreau (March 5, 1888 – October 24, 1946) was an American Major League Baseball player.


Tesreau initially signed with a minor league team of the St. Louis Browns in 1909. In 1910, his contract was purchased by the New York Giants.

Tesreau c. 1912

After two years in the minors, Tesreau learned how to throw a spitball, which became his signature pitch. He started the second game of the 1912 season for the Giants. The New York Times wrote, "Tesreau has curves which bend like barrel hoops and speed like lightning. He's just the kind of a strong man McGraw has been looking for." In the 1912 World Series, Tesreau went 1–2 against Boston Red Sox ace Smoky Joe Wood.

In 1912, Tesreau was 17–7 and had a league leading ERA of 1.96. ERA officially became a statistic of Major League Baseball in 1912, and Tesreau along with the American League's Walter Johnson became the first players recognized for leading the major leagues in that category.

From 1912 to 1917, Tesreau remained a starting pitcher with the Giants. In 1918, he had an argument with manager John McGraw and quit the team in the middle of the season. In 1919, Tesreau refused to play for the Giants, and McGraw refused to trade or release him. Tesreau took a position as baseball coach for Dartmouth College, a position he held until his death on September 24, 1946. He won 348 games as coach for Dartmouth, often coaching against Joe Wood, who had become the Yale University baseball coach.

Standing 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), Tesreau was given the nickname "Jeff" because he resembled boxer Jim Jeffries.[1]

Tesreau suffered a stroke while on a fishing trip in 1946. He died a few days later.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b SABR Baseball Biography Project: Jeff Tesreau
Preceded by
Earl Hamilton
No-hitter pitcher
September 6, 1912
Succeeded by
Joe Benz
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