Jack Chesbro didn't make the majors until age 25. He only lasted 11 seasons, and two of them were partial years, but he was still able to parlay some early success with the Pirates and one magical season with the Highlanders into a Hall of Fame career.
Back in 1895 Chesbro was beginning his minor league career in Springfield, Massachusetts, not far from his hometown of North Adams. He went 2-1 but was very wild and hittable. He also played for two minor league teams in New York that year. The next season he found a regular job in Roanoke, Va and pitched better despite his 8-11 record, which was mostly due to some poor fielding that led to a ton of unearned runs.
By 1897 he found himself in Richmond where played for three seasons before ever getting his first chance in the major leagues, despite some good stats including a 17-4 record his final season. His chance at the majors finally came when the Pittsburgh Pirates came calling in July of 1899. Chesbro would make his big leagu...
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.