Here is the latest installment of the coundown of the 10 greatest ballplayers ever from Virginia. We turn to #3
#10 1B George McQuinn (Arlington)
#9 SS Gene Alley (Richmond)
#8 OF Michael Cuddyer (Chesapeake)
#7 OF Jim Lemon (Covington)
#6 OF Tony Womack (Danville)
#5 OF Al Bumbry (Fredericksburg)
#4 3B David Wright (Chesapeake)
#3 SP Eppa Rixey (Culpeper)
Rixey pitched in the major leagues from 1912-1917 and 1919-1920 with the Phillies and 1921-1933 with the Cincinnati Reds. He missed the 1918 season to serve in the Chemical Warfare Division during the war effort. He still had an amazing run, amassing 266 career wins, which made him the all-time NLs winningest lefty until Warren Spahn toppled that mark in 1959. Today he is 10th on that all-time list. His 25 wins in 1922 led the league, and on six other occasions he finished in the Top 10 in the league in that category. His 266 wins are 37th on the all-time list, and his 37 career shutouts are 57th.
Rixey retired right before the 1934 season. On January 27, 1963, he won election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but died a month later from a heart attack.
In 1972, Eppa Rixey was chosen as part of the inaugural induction class for the brand new Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.