Red Faber Celebrity Life
A player who maintained an excellent form and played the game with dedication through injuries, illness, a world war, and even the White Sox Scandal, it is safe to say that the world will never see the likes of Urban Clarence “Red” Faber again on-field playing baseball.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame on in 1964 and has played for just team his entire professional baseball life had a major league career that lasted two decades for a team that later got embroiled in a scandal of massive proportions. But despite the negativity shrouding the team, Faber is even today remembered fondly and with great respect.
Faber was a right-handed baseball pitcher who was born on 6th September 1988 in Cascade, Iowa. He passed away at the age of 88 on 25th September 1976 after having a long, illustrious career in baseball. With the help of stellar players like Faber, the White Sox rose to unprecedented heights and was considered the strongest player in the league. Faber played 254 matches for the team and could have been higher if the team hadn’t sunk to ignominy in 1920.
Faber is also reputed to be the last of the pitchers who could throw a spitball, the pitch that considered his specialty and ticket to rise in fame, but he learned this technique only after his throwing was severely injured, to the point that it became career-threatening.
Faber is an interview mentioned that he did not choose the spitter until he had no other option left. After wetting the first two fingers of his right hand, Faber was known to launch the ball from a number of different angles, this leaving the batter confused and gaining him a lot of popularity.
Faber had three siblings and was the second of the lot. His parents were Margaret Grief and Nicholas Faber and they spoke German at home. Five years after he was born, Faber and his family moved to Cascade where his father became a tavern owner and later opened Hotel Faber. Gradually, the family’s prospects improved, thanks to Nicholas’ real estate and hotel doing well and they become one of the wealthiest families in Cascade. Because of his wealth, all four children were safe from harm’s way while World War I raged on.
While in elementary and high school, Faber, who was red-haired, enjoyed average success in baseball. It was 1909 and Faber was 20 when he joined the Dubuque Business School and simultaneously signed up for the college varsity of his prep school, St. Joseph’s. Now known as Loras College, the institution surprisingly does not have any record of Faber studying there but Faber’s presence in their baseball team was undisputed. Faber was able to take on even the toughest college batters due to which St. Joseph’s were able to win half-dozen matches, a very important feat for them.
Faber’s performance caught the eye of Clarence “Pant” Rowland who among other things was known to the owner of Chicago White Sox, Charles Comiskey. At his urging, Faber was made a part of the White Sox and his performance during his first complete season was so good that his contract was bought by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Although he was not a part of the Pirates, their coach did not utilize Faber in any of the games which probably resulted in him feeling frustrated. Due to this, when Faber was at Minnesota as a part of the Pirates troupe, he participated in a distance-throwing match and ended up badly injuring his throwing arm. In order to make up for this problem, Faber’s teammate Harry Peaster coached Faber on the way to throw a spitball, which at that time was considered a legal pitch.
Faber then played for Pueblo in the Western League and finessed is spitball techniques and became an expert at it. The White Sox bought back his contract in 1914.
From then on followed a career filled mostly with highs for the right-handed pitcher who always had a battle-like attitude on the field. Despite being underweight and quite weak after his return to baseball after he served in the world war, Faber continued to give his best to the game. He was shortly thereafter married to Irene Margaret Walsh from Milwaukee.
People close to the Fabers say that the marriage was not a happy one, with some of the possible reasons being they remained childless and the rumors of Margaret having an affair with one of Faber’s teammates, Johnny Mostil. It was also rumored that Mostil committed suicide when Faber confronted him about the affair. But the Fabers remained married until Margaret passed away at the age of 44 due to cerebral hemorrhage.
Faber’s career in baseball continued until his performance dwindled to an extent that the White Sox wanted to reduce his pay by two-thirds to $5,000. Faber got to upset that he took a release from the team hoping someone else would approach him and when that did not happen, retired from baseball. He then went on to do other jobs like selling cars and real estate until he was back in the world of baseball, this time a pitching coach for the White Sox.
Faber was known to smoke pot since the age of 8 and died due to elevated respiratory and heart problems.
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