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Tim KeefeTimothy John KeefeNickname: Sir Timothy or Smiling TomBorn: Jan. 1, 1857 in Cambridge, Mass. Died: April 23, 1933 in Cambridge, Mass.Debut: 1880 | Pos: PHt: 5’10.5″ | Wt: 185 | B: R | T: RYR G IP W L Sv SO ERA14 600 5049.2 342 225 2 2564 2.62>> Visit the Tim Keefe biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.While he pitched just 14 major league seasons, Tim Keefe put together enough wins to hold down 8th on the all-time list.The submarine pitcher relied on a changeup, fastball and curve. He won 342 games with 2 seasons of 40 wins and three more seasons of 30 wins. In his rookie season, he posted an 0.86 ERA, the lowest ever for 100 or more innings pitched in a season.One of his best seasons was 1888 when he won 19 consecutive games. He finished that season with a 35-12 record with 48 complete games and 8 shutouts – all with a 1.74 ERA. From 1883 to 1888, he won at least 32 games a season.One of his best single days was July 4, 1883, when he won both ends of a doubleheader, throwing a one-hitter in game 1 and a 2-hitter in game 2.Keefe was the first pitcher in baseball to post three or more seasons of 300 strikeouts. When he retired, his 2,560 career strikeouts left him at No. 1 on the all-time list.After his career as a player, he had a short-lived career as an umpire. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964.