Burleigh Grimes always will be known as a spitballer, but the Wisconsin product was a fine overall pitcher. Grimes recorded a 270-212 record with a 3.53 ERA. He also was 3-4 in World Series games.
Known as "Old Stubblebeard," Grimes was known as tough competitor who was said to consider an intentional walk as four pitches as the batter's head. Grimes made four World Series appearances, had five 20-win seasons and led the National League in complete games four times. He twice led the league in wins.
Grimes also managed the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1937-38. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1964.