Dude. This is how his Wiki entry STARTS, and it only gets better. His Cy Young is practically an afterthought.
“ Waddell was born on October 13, 1876, just outside Bradford, Pennsylvania. He grew up in the countryside. Biographer Alan Levy wrote that Waddell was "a decidedly different sort of child". At the age of three, he wandered over to a local fire station and stayed there for several days. He did not attend school very often. He strengthened his arm as a child by throwing rocks at birds he encountered while working on his family's land. He also worked on mining and drilling sites as a youngster, which helped his conditioning.
Waddell's career wound through a number of teams. He was notably unpredictable; early in his career, he would often leave in the middle of a game to go fishing. He also had a longstanding fascination with fire trucks, and had run off the field to chase after them during games on multiple occasions. He would disappear for months at a time during the offseason, and it was not known where he went until it was discovered that he was wrestling alligators in a circus. He was easily distracted by opposing fans who held up puppies, which caused him to run over to play with them, and shiny objects, which seemed to put him in a trance. An alcoholic for much of his short life, Waddell reportedly spent his entire first signing bonus on a drinking binge, with Sporting News calling him a "sousepaw". His eccentric behavior led to constant battles with his managers and scuffles with bad-tempered teammates.”
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