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Rube Waddell (October 13, 1876 – April 1, 1914) is one of baseball’s all-time great characters. But unlike many of baseball’s other great, wacky characters (such as Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, Jose Lima, and Al “Mad Hungarian” Hrabosky), Rube Waddell has gone down in history as one of the game’s all-time greats.

Nicknamed “Rube” due to his big size and hayseed-like appearance, Waddell amassed an impressive 193-143 career line to go with an absolutely sparkling 2.16 career ERA. He won the American League pitching Triple Crown (leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts) in 1905, and led the AL in strikeouts for six straight years, from 1902-1907. His pitching greatness eventually led to a well-deserved induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1946.

But it is for his non-pitching exploits for which Waddell may be best remembered. Ahh, where to begin… well, for starters, Waddell performed as an alligator…

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