Rube Marquard pitched into his late 30s, winning more than 200 games in his career. He was an integral part of five pennant-winning teams, helping both the New York Giants and Brooklyn Robins to the World Series. He was best known for his amazing 19-game winning streak in 1912, which stretched from Opening Day to July 3rd. In the Giants rotation he was in the shadow of Christy Mathewson, and never got along well with manager John McGraw, so in 1915 he received permission to arrange his own sale to Brooklyn. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971.
The Winning Streak
Marquard is best-known for his 19-game winning streak, which stretched from Opening Day to July 3, 1912, tying a mark set by Tim Keefe in the 19th century. The streak earned him great fame across American. After two more victories in the World Series, which the Giants lost to the Boston Red Sox, Marquard made a movie with Alice Joyce called 19 Straight. Joyce was known in her time as “The Madonna of the Screen.” Later, Rube and vaudeville legend Blossom Seeley danced the “Marquard Glide” in a bit called “Breaking the Record.” After Marquard and Sealey were married, the pair performed in a movie called “The Suffragette Pitcher,” in which the pitcher Rube wore a dress and pitched for an all-girl team.
Had Marquard been playing under present baseball rules, his 19-game winning streak would have been 20. The righty was not credited with a victory over Brooklyn when he relieved in the eighth inning with the score tied and his club went on to win, 4-3.
The Other Rube
In the early 20th century, “Rube” was a common nickname given to players from the country or players who exhibited behaviors associated with farm boys. Marquard received the name because he resembled Rube Waddell.