Louis "Lou" A. North
Elgin High School Class of 1910
Louis (Lou) A. North played baseball for Elgin High School in 1909-10. North has the longest major league baseball career of any Elgin athlete. A right hand pitcher, he debuted in the majors in August, 1913 for the Detroit Tigers. Over a 7-year period (1913, 1917, 1920-24), he appeared in 172 games winning 21 and losing 16 games while pitching for the Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Braves, mostly with the Cardinals. His best season was 1922 when he won 10 (5 in relief), lost three, and saved four while appearing in 53 games with the Cardinals. Probably his biggest day in baseball came on August 9, 1923, when he came in as a reliever in the 12th inning with the Cards and Giants tied 12-12. He held the New Yorkers hitless for four innings and he singled home the winning run. North finished his career with the Boston Braves. Casey Stengel, the legendary manager of the New York Yankees, was an outfielder on that Braves team.