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Ed Walsh

WSI's Sox Fans' Hall of Fame

Ed Walsh
Pitcher.  Chicago White Sox, 1904-1916.
Batted:  right.  Threw:  right.
Born:  5/14/81, Plains, Pennslyvania.  Died 5/26/59.

 

  • Holds club record with 40 victories in 1908.  He also won 24 games in 1907 and 27 games twice in 1911 and again in 1912.
  • Pitched over 300 innings five times in his career, including two seasons in which he pitched over 400 innings!  He holds five of the club's six greatest seasons for innings pitched. (1908, 1907, 1912, 1910, 1911)
  • Achieved an ERA beneath 2.00 in six different seasons, including a microscopic 1.27 in 1910.
  • His 1.82 lifetime ERA is the greatest ever achieved by a major league pitcher.
  • Pitched no-hitter for the Sox against Boston on August 27, 1911.  Pitched five one-hitters, too.
  • Also holds single season club records for games started (49, in 1908), complete games (42 in 1908), most strike outs (269, in 1908), most shut outs (12, in 1908), and most batters faced (1,690, in 1908). Ed Walsh pitched 464.0 innings in 1908.
  • Holds club records for career shut outs (57).  Ranks among all-time Sox leaders in strikeouts (1,732, second), wins (195, third), innings pitched (2,946.1, third), complete games (249, third), games started (312, fourth), and winning percentage (.609, fourth).
  • Won two games for the White Sox in the 1906 World Series won over the Chicago Cubs, the nation's first-ever "subway series" and the only one in Chicago's history.
  • Consulted to architect Zachary Taylor Davis on the design of Charles Comiskey's new ballpark at 35th and Shields, then known as White Sox Park.  The enormous outfield dimensions of Old Comiskey are credited to him.
  • Briefly managed the White Sox in 1924.
  • Born one of 13 children from an impoverished Pennsylvania coal miner's family, baseball's greatest ever practioner of the spitball, a pitcher whose achievements utterly defy the superlatives necessary to describe them, "The Big Reel", "The Moose", but most often of all, "Big Ed" Walsh.
  • Inducted into major league baseball's hall of fame in 1946.

    Chosen by Sox fans as hall of fame starting pitcher.

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