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The Wild Story Behind a Hall of Famer’s First Victory

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Red Faber was enshrined into Cooperstown in 1964 via the Veteran’s Committee. He won 254 lifetime games while pitching to a 3.15 ERA and spent his entire career in the Chicago White Sox organization.

In 1913 offseason, the White Sox, who had just purchased his contract from the minor league affiliate, and Giants toured Hong Kong. During this trip, the Giants were short an arm after Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson back out, so the White Sox lent them Faber. Faber’s first victory with a major league club came for the Giants against the Sox. He would do this four more times over the course of the tour.

The Giants then spoke to Chuck Comiskey about purchasing his contract, whereas Comiskey declined and put Faber in the rotation for 1914. He played for the White Sox until he retired.

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