The Best Pitcher You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh…

  • Holds the all-time records for lowest career ERA and FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching, designed to determine how good pitchers are at preventing balls from getting in play)
  • Holds the AL and post-1900 MLB records for most innings pitched in a season (464 in 1908). That’s a lot of innings.
  • Won the 1906 World Series against the Cubs.
  • Had a Sandy Koufax-style trajectory of burning out his arm when still fairly young (all those innings might have something to do with it)
  • Was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
  • Had one of the creepiest smiles of any baseball player.

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