The Top 1,000 All-Time Earned Run Averages
Next to all time wins, the most cited pitching statistic is a pitcher's earned run average. The following pitchers each one of the top 1,000 best career earned run averages in Major League Baseball history, as researched by Baseball Almanac.
Notes: 1,000 career innings pitched are needed to make this list, raw averages are presented to further clarify the one-thousand greatest career earned run averages of all-time, and a bold faced entry denotes that the pitcher was active during the previous Major League season.
"When Hall of Fame hurler Ed Walsh (#1 Ranked Career Earned Run Average Leader) was asked in 1915 for advice on pitching, he answered, 'Hook up with some good catcher.' Walsh spoke from his experience with the White Sox, where he worked with catcher Billy Sullivan." - Edward Gruver in Koufax (2000)
A TRULY unique item of interest is on this list of the top 1,000 best earned run averages in baseball history; Babe Ruth, a 500 Home Runs Club member, is in the top twenty!
Did you know that in 1968 hall of fame pitcher Bob Gibson's earned run average was 1.12 which is the record for lowest earned run average ever by a right handed pitcher during a single season (minimum of three-hundred innings pitched)?
In 1914, Dutch Leonard, a pitcher with a top 100 career ERA, had a 0.96 earned run average, setting the record for lowest single season earned run average (minimum of two-hundred innings pitched).