Pittsburgh workhorse Killen won 34 games in 1893, his first year with the Pirates.
Connie Mack, Killen's manager and batterymate, said the primary reason the Pirates
did not win the 1895 pennant was that Killen was injured. The hurler came back strong
in 1896, leading the NL in games, starts, complete games, and innings pitched, and
winning 29 games in his last big season. A lifetime .241 hitter, he had 11 home runs
in 998 at-bats.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 17, 1897: Pirates lefty Frank Killen, a 30-game winner last year, allows two hits to defeat Amos Rusie and the Giants 3–2. Pittsburgh's Denny Lyons has two fingers broken after being hit by a Rusie pitch.