Fred Beebe (1906-1909)


Beebe didn’t have much of baseball success in his career but he did last for 12 years with 4 of them with the Cardinals. His Cardinal career saw him win 36 games and lose 52. He won 15 games in 1909 but he also lost 21 that season. He walked 104 and fanned 105 during his final season in St. Louis. He played baseball at the University of Illinois.

Beebe dominated opposing batsmen, usually registering double-digit strikeouts. In 1900 and 1901 Beebe and catcher Samuel Ransom were city league all-stars. They also formed Chicago’s first known interracial battery, with Ransom (black) succeeding Beebe (white) as Hyde Park team captain in 1902.

On May 8th, 1906,  he was traded from the Cubs along with catcher Pete Noonan and $7,500 to St. Louis for veteran right-hander Jack Taylor. On the flip side, during a July 20, 1909, in a game against Pittsburgh, he was struck by a line drive on the pitching hand, necessitating seven stitches and putting him out of action for a month. Before the recuperation period was up, Philadelphia sent Beebe (and an undisclosed amount of cash) to the Buffalo Bisons of the Class A Eastern League in exchange for catcher Bill Killefe.