Walsh, Ed

Edward Augustine Walsh
Born: May 14, 1881, Plains, Pennsylvania
Died: May 26, 1959, Pompano Beach, Florida
Played For: 
Chicago White Sox (1904-1916), Boston Braves (1917)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1946

Ed Walsh used a dominating spitball to average 24 victories a season over a seven-year span (1906-12) for the Chicago White Sox. The right-hander, who twice hurled over 400 frames in a season, is best remembered for his 1908 campaign, in which he finished with a 40-15 record, 42 complete games in 49 starts, 464 innings pitched, 11 shutouts and 269 strikeouts. Big Ed finished his career with a 195-126 record and also coached, managed and umpired.

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Did You Know: 
that Ed Walsh is credited with the lowest career Major League ERA of all time (1.82), but this number is unofficial since ERA was not accepted as a statistic by the AL until 1913?
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