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Harry Krause

Harry Krause
Born: (1888-07-12)July 12, 1888
San Francisco, California
Died: October 23, 1940(1940-10-23) (aged 52)
San Francisco, California
Batted: Both Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 20, 1908 for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
July 28, 1912 for the Cleveland Naps
Career statistics
Win–loss record 38–26
Earned run average 2.50
Strikeouts 298
Career highlights and awards
  • American League ERA champion: 1909
  • 1 sub-2.00 ERA season
  • Harry William "Hal" Krause (July 12, 1888 – October 23, 1940) was a Major League Baseball player. He was a pitcher over parts of five seasons (1908–1912) with the Philadelphia Athletics and Cleveland Naps. He led the American League in earned run average in 1909 while playing for Philadelphia. For his career, he compiled a 36–26 record, with a 2.50 ERA and 298 strikeouts.


    Krause was born in San Francisco, California, and attended Saint Mary's College of California. He started his professional baseball career in 1907. In 1908, at the age of 19, Krause ventured east. He went 17–4 in the Tri-State League and joined the Athletics.[1]

    Krause made an immediate impact in the major leagues. He started out 1909 with a 10-game winning streak, which included six shutouts. He finished the season 18–8 with a league-leading 1.39 ERA. It is the lowest ERA ever for an American League rookie.[2]

    Krause didn't pitch as often or as well in 1910 and 1911. In 1912, he came down with a sore arm, pitched badly in six games, and then went to the minor league Toledo Mud Hens. He went 13–4 with Toledo.[1] The following season, he returned to the west coast and joined the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League. In 1913 and 1914, Krause won a total of 39 games with ERAs below 2.30. He had an off year in 1915, however, and played in the Western League in 1916. He went back to the PCL in 1917 with the Oakland Oaks.

    Krause spent 12 years in Oakland. In his first season there, he set career-highs in wins and innings pitched in the long PCL season, going 28–26 with a 2.35 ERA in 428.2 innings. He continued to pitch well for the Oaks over the next decade, becoming a fixture in the starting rotation and winning over 20 games two more times. In 1928, he joined the Mission Reds, where he finished his playing career.[1] Krause won a total of 249 games in the PCL over 16 seasons.[2] He is also a member of the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.

    In October 1940, Krause was involved in a car accident.[3] He died eight days later. He was survived by his wife, Mary.[4]

    See also


    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Harry Krause Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved 2010-10-30.
    2. 2.0 2.1 "Harry Krause Biography". Retrieved 2010-10-30.
    3. "Harry Krause's Obit". Retrieved 2010-10-30.

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