Charles Augustus Nichols
(September 14, 1869 – April 11, 1953), better known as Kid Nichols
, was a Major League Baseball pitcher
. Admired for his steadfast consistency year-in and year-out, Nichols won 361 games, the 7th highest total in major league history
. Nichols is the youngest pitcher to win 300 games, reaching that milestone at the age of 30.
Born in Madison
, Wisconsin, Nichols entered the major leagues in 1890 with the Boston Beaneaters
and was an instant success. Nichols went 27–19 with a 2.23 ERA
and 222 strikeouts
and began a string of ten consecutive seasons with 20 wins or more. Nichols also had a major league record seven 30 win seasons in this time (1891–1894, 1896–1898) with a career high of 35 in 1892.
Nichols had his first losing season in 1900 when he went 13–16 but improved to 19–16 the following year. After the 1901 season, Nichols purchased an interest in a minor league franchise in Kansas City
. He left the Beaneaters to manage and pitch for the Kansas City club, where he won a total of 48 games in 1902 and 1903. After a two year hiatus from the major leagues, Nichols returned to the 20 win plateau for the eleventh and final time in his career in 1904 for a new team, the St. Louis Cardinals
. He finished his career in 1906 with the Philadelphia Phillies
, who picked him up off waivers in 1905. Nichols retired with 361 wins, a total exceeded at the time only by Cy Young
, 208 losses, 1,868 strikeouts and a 2.95 ERA. He was... Read More