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Jesse Haines
Text: Gabriel Baumgaertner
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Jesse Haines

Considered by some to be the worst player in the Hall of Fame, Jesse Haines was a fixture in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation from 1920 to '37. A winner of three World Series championships with the Cardinals, Haines won 20 games three times in his career and no-hit the Boston Braves in 1924. Haines led the majors in complete games and shutouts in 1927, the best season of his career, but his numbers – 210-158, 3.64 ERA in 19 seasons -- are otherwise unremarkable for a player in Cooperstown.


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