In 1886, his one outstanding ML season, the Detroit ace led the NL with seven shutouts,
tied for the league lead with 42 wins, and ranked second in strikeouts (323). Teammates
gave him his odd nickname because he didn't smoke, curse, or join them in drinking
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»October 8th, 1886: Lady Baldwin of Detroit beats Philadelphia 11-0 in 8 innings for his 42nd win of the season, an all-time record for a lefthanded pitcher. Eight of those wins, including 5 shutouts, have come against the Phillies, who have not been shut out by any other pitcher this season.
»October 13th, 1887: The best-of-15 WS begins its tour of the other cities with a game in Pittsburgh, Detroit winning 8-0 behind the 2-hit pitching of Lady Baldwin.
»April 27th, 1888: Detroit manager Bill Watkins fines captain Ned Hanlon $10 and suspends P Lady Baldwin without pay after Baldwin and the Wolverines are routed in Indianapolis 16-7, dropping the Wolverines' record to 1-5.