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Tim Keefe
(1880-93)
Hall of Famer Keefe pitched in three major leagues during his 14-year career, and won games in 47 different major league parks -- an all-time record. Keefe racked up a total of 342 wins. His 19 consecutive wins in 1888 with the New York Giants was a single-season record until 1912, when it was broken by Rube Marquand -- who also played for the Giants. That year Keefe led the NL in wins, ERA, strikeouts and shutouts. In 1889, the year owners instituted a pay scale, Keefe earned $5,000, the highest salary in the NL. He helped establish the Players' League in 1890.
Willie Keeler
(1892-1910)
"Wee Willie" had a career .343 batting average, ninth best on the all-time list. Playing for the Baltimore Orioles in the 1890s he won two batting titles and scored more than 150 runs in three consecutive years. He tied a major league record in 1897 when he got 17 hits in a four-game span. When asked his secret for hitting, this Hall of Famer replied: "Keep your eye on the ball and hit 'em where they ain't."
Frank Killen
(1891-1900)
Killen enjoys the distinction of being the last lefty to win 30 games for an NL team. He did it in 1896 while pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates.