Pitching the entirety of his career before the 20th century, Pud Galvin had lifetime totals that are likely unreachable by any modern hurler. Debuting briefly in 1875 with the St. Louis Brown Stockings of the National Association, Galvin would not return to Major League play until 1879 when he joined the National League Buffalo Bisons. In his six seasons with the Bisons he averaged 543 inning pitched per year. In 1883 he started 75 of his teams 97 games and recorded 46 of their 52 victories. In 1885 he jumped to the Pittsburgh Alleghenys of the American Association. After Pittsburgh was absorbed into the National League, he jumped again in 1890 to the Pittsburgh Burghers of the Player’s League. He would go on to win 365 games in his 15 year career, making him 5th all-time.
Part of the key to Galvin’s rubber arm is that he rarely struck out batters. Despite all the innings pitched, only twice in his career did he strike out more than 200 batters. In fact, over the last seven years of his career he only struck out more than 100 once.
August 7, 2011