Spending his entire twenty-year career with the Chicago White Sox, Urban “Red” Faber won 24 games in 1915, just his second season. He would go on to win 20+ three more times, and twice led the league in ERA. He was brilliant during the Sox successful 1917 World Series, winning three games and holding the New York Giants to a .213 batting average. The greater portion of his career was marred by injury, and although he played for another ten years, he never had a sub 3.00 ERA after 1923. He still ranks second on the all-time list for wins by a White Sox pitcher, trailing only Ted Lyons.
Faber was a founder of Baseball Anonymous, a charitable organization centered on helping out old ballplayers who were sick or had fallen on hard times.
August 11, 2011