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 lea...
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