Over all our time writing this silly blog, we have never enshrined anyone named Overall. It’s a shame, really, given that overalls are one of the funniest garments ever invented (my deepest, deepest apologies to our overall-wearing readers – we love you!).
Well, now is the time to induct an Overall. And Orval Overall (1881-1947) is our man. Born in Farmersville, California (how fitting), Overall became a dominant big-league hurler and member of the early-1900s Chicago Cubs dynasty. Orval Overall still remains the last person to stand on the mound for the last out of a World Series clincher for the Cubbies.
Overall, Overall amassed a 108-71 won-loss record with a sparkling 2.23 ERA and 935 strikeouts. Orval was also a pivotal member of the Cubs’ back-to-back championship seasons in 1907 and 1908.
After his career ended, Overall was the vice-president and manager of a bank.
He was also featured in a great cartoon in 1907: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Tkt_A2r1p6I/SUPW9NbiGfI/AAAAAAAAEHY/7pnNolOtrws/s1600-h/herriman052107.png
Orvie you’re sure the gravy!
Yes, gravy he is. Or something.