Jesse Morgan “Rube” Eldridge
Left-hander Rube Eldridge, known as “The Duke of Spero” began his amazing 25- year baseball career in 1909 with the Greensboro Patriots. During this span, Rube played 14 years in Guilford County in both Greensboro and High Point. Eldridge’s finest year came in 1922 when he went 26-9 for High Point. Eldridge returned to Greensboro in 1933 and went 4-0 with the Patriots and won the last of his 285 wins in Greensboro on September 8, 1934. In 25 years in the minor leagues, Eldridge had a record of 285 -218, pitched 4,490 innings and won 20 or more games in seven different seasons.