I love the name “Kid” Nichols. I guess when you are 20 and break into the Majors, you are a kid. Kid arrived on the scene in 1890, playing for the Beaneaters. He hailed from Madison, Wisconsin, having been born on September 14, 1869.
Nichols would win 30 games in 1891. That would be 3 less than John Clarkson, the other starter for the Beaneaters. Between the two, they pitched Boston to their first pennant in eight years.
In 1891, Nichols ranked fourth in the league in wins and was second in ERA with 2.39 and five shutouts.
Nichols had tremendous control. He only allowed 2.18 walks per game. He also ranked second in strikeouts with 5.08 per game.
Pretty good considering the rules for pitchers were changing a lot at this time.