“Big Ed” Walsh pitched 14 seasons in the big leagues for the Chicago White Sox (1904-16) and Boston Braves (1917). He was one of the most dominant pitchers in the American League during the first decade of the 20th century. During that time, the right-handed spitballer was the model of endurance, always finishing among the league leaders in innings pitched. His career totals include 195 wins, 250 complete games, 1736 strikeouts and an incredible lifetime 1.82 ERA which is the best in the history of the game. Despite his relatively short career, his 57 career shutouts are 11th on the all-time list. He led the AL twice in ERA (1907 & 10) and strikeouts (1908 & 11), and was a member of the 1906 Chicago White Sox “Hitless Wonders” championship team. But, his best season was 1908 when he was 40-15, with 11 shutouts, 1.42 ERA and 464 innings pitched. Ed Walsh was the last pitcher to win 40 games in a season, and he was inducted to the Hall of Fame via the Old-Timers Committee in 1946.
March 9, 2015
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