Nap Rucker

Nap Rucker

Nap Rucker
Starting pitcher
Born: (1884-09-30)September 30, 1884
Crabapple, Georgia
Died: December 19, 1970(1970-12-19) (aged 86)
Alpharetta, Georgia
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 15, 1907, for the Brooklyn Superbas
Last MLB appearance
September 13, 1916, for the Brooklyn Robins
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 134–134
Earned run average 2.42
Strikeouts 1,217
Teams
Career highlights and awards

George Napoleon "Nap" Rucker (September 30, 1884 – December 19, 1970) was a left-handed Georgia.

Rucker threw a no-hitter against the Boston Doves on September 5, 1908 . He led the National League in complete games (27), innings pitched (320.1), and shutouts (6) in 1910. His best year was 1911, when he won 22 games for the Dodgers. He holds the Brooklyn Dodgers record for the most shutouts in the National League (38); most strikeouts (16) in a regulation nine-inning game, and the most 1-0 shutouts (3) in a 154-game season. He became strictly a knuckleball pitcher when his speed declined.

After his baseball career, Rucker went on to a successful business career, and served as mayor of Roswell, Georgia.

His nephew Johnny Rucker played baseball for the New York Giants.

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