Getzein was an outstanding pitcher of the 1880s. In 1886 he was 30-11 for the Detroit
NL team. The following season, he was 29-13 and led the NL in winning percentage
(.690) as Detroit won the pennant. In the 15-game postseason championship series
between the NL winner and the American Association champion, he posted four wins.
Getzein and catcher Charlie Ganzel became known as the Pretzel Battery because they
both were of German extraction.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»October 12th, 1887: Game 3 is the most dramatic of the series, Detroit winning at home 2-1 in 13 innings. St. Louis squanders 13 hits against Charlie Getzien, while Caruthers limits Detroit to 6 real hits.