Win Kellum

A photo of Win Kellum.

Winford Ansley Kellum (April 11, 1876August 10, 1951) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played between 1901 and 1905 for the Boston Americans (1901), Cincinnati Reds (1904) and St. Louis Cardinals (1905). Listed at 5'10", 190 lb., Kellum was a switch-hitter and threw left-handed. He was born in Waterford, Ontario, Canada.

Optimistically nicknamed "Win", Kellum became the first Opening Day starting pitcher in Boston American League franchise's history, as they lost to the host Baltimore Orioles, 10–6, at Oriole Park (April 26, 1901). He went 2-3 with a 6.38 ERA for the rest of season.

Kellum rebounded in 1902, going 25-10 for one of the strongest minor league teams ever, the Indianapolis Indians, champions of the newly formed American Association. After the regular season, he pitched with barnstormers largely made up of Cincinnati National League team. After that, he enjoyed his best season in the majors with the 1904 Reds, going 15-10 while recording career-highs in ERA (2.60), complete games (22) and innings (224). He also pitched for the Cardinals in 1905, his last major league season, and went 3-3 with a 2.92 ERA.

In a three-season career, Kellum posted a 20-16 record with a 3.01 ERA in 48 appearances, including 37 starts, 32 complete games, two shutouts, two saves, 97 strikeouts, 63 walks, and 346⅔ of work.

Kellum died in Big Rapids, Michigan at age 75.

1901 Boston Americans Opening Day lineupEdit

Tommy Dowd LF
Charlie Hemphill   RF
Chick Stahl CF
Jimmy Collins 3B
Buck Freeman 1B
Freddy Parent SS
Hobe Ferris 2B
Lou Criger C
Win Kellum P

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