ST. PAUL, Neb. (KSNB) - Nebraska is often seen as a football state, but a little museum in St. Paul proves it is actually rich with baseball history. The Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander himself was born not too far from town.
St. Paul celebrates Grover Cleveland Alexander Days. (KSNB)
“Grover played over 5198 innings of Major League Baseball,” Nebraska Major League Baseball Museum Volunteer Loren Studley said, “Still has MLB records that are still intact. His longevity is next to none in the majors.”
He holds many pitching records such as 28 wins in his rookie year. In 1915, he won a World Series game for the Phillies. It would be another 65 years before the team did it again.
“There had been a lot of very very good baseball players come through here. Grover Cleveland Alexander of course was one of the premier pitchers of all time,” Former Major League Baseball Player Eddie Watt said.
Alexander's records and skill continue to inspire baseball players generations later. Watt was a relief pitcher for the major leagues. He played for the Orioles, Phillies, and Cubs in the 60's. Growing up as a poor Midwestern boy, all he wanted to do was play baseball.
“Opening day in 1966, I ended up pitching the bottom of the 13th inning for the Baltimore Orioles and we beat the Red Socks 6-5 up in Boston,” Watt said.
In that moment he got to live out all his childhood dreams.
“I hate to say that's the highlight of my life, but that is the thing that stands out the most,” watt said.
He said he is honored to be a part of GCA Days and to see memories of other great Nebraskan players on the walls of the baseball museum.