Photograph of Jim Devlin circa 1873
Jim Devlin of the Louisville Grays was the star of the 1876 season. Devlin, a 27 year old righthander shown here around 1873,
boasted a 'drop pitch' that likely sat in the low to mid 40's. He led the eight team league in games, games started, innings,
strikeouts and batters faced. Devlin's '76 was at times dominating - as he shut out the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Brown Stockings,
and Philadelphia Athletics once each and Boston Red Stockings twice. He had a rougher go, however, against the first place
Chicago White Stockings, who in July three game set put up 57 runs against him - including 30 on July 22. Devlin's '76 season
proved to be the highlight of his career. Unlike most players, Devlin was banished permanently from Major League Baseball after
admitting to throwing games in 1877.