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Old 09-02-2012, 12:30 PM   #83 (permalink)
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Default he belongs in the hall

My vote would be for a 19th century pitcher, "Parisian" Bob Caruthers, who in a short 9 season career, has the 160th most innings pitched in MLB history. He won 40 games in a season twice, with a career record of 218-99 playing with the St. Louis Browns, Brooklyn Bridegrooms, St. Louis Browns, Chicago Colts & Cincinnati Reds. Careers stats: 123 ERA+, 1.15 WHIP, 2.83 ERA. He also had over 2,900 plate appearances with a career .282/.391/.400, 152 SB. In 1886 he won 30 games & led the league in OBP, OPS and OPS+. His career winning percentage was the highest of any pitcher prior to 1950 with at least 250 decisions. He was a member of the winning 1886 WS team.

from his wikipedia page:
During his career Caruthers threw 298 career complete games among his 310 starts, including 24 shutouts, and had a career ERA of 2.83 in 2828⅔ innings pitched. He also batted .282 lifetime with 29 home runs and 359 RBI. He was the only 19th-century pitcher to lead the league in winning percentage three times.
Caruthers is often considered one of the most deserving candidates for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Many sources recognize him as having compiled 218 wins and 99 losses, making his .688 winning percentage third all-time behind only Whitey Ford, and Dave Foutz (his teammate for eight seasons) among pitchers with at least 200 major league decisions. However, that is based on a total of 10 losses in the 1892 season (his last as a pitcher), a total revised from the contemporary record; the official league records for that year, which are recognized by Major League Baseball, charged him with only 8 losses, a figure which some other sources also recognize. The reduction of two losses would increase his career winning percentage to .691, placing him behind only Spud Chandler who compiled a record of .717 over 150 decisions.
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