Atlanta Braves’ All-Time ERA Leaders
The Atlanta Braves have been a bunch of different names in a bunch of different cities before landing in Atlanta in 1966. Before that they were the Milwaukee Braves, and before that they were in Boston, known as the Braves, Bees, Rustlers, Beaneaters, and Red Caps. Overall, the franchise has three world championships—one in each city. And the Braves have been a team that has, at least recently, developed quality pitchers. Here is a short list of the Braves’ (and other names) pitching leaders in earned run average (ERA) to date:
Tommy Bond (2.21)—Tommy Bond pitched for Boston from 1877 to 1881, and he ranks first in team history with a 2.21 ERA. Bond had a 1.41 mark with Hartford in 1875, but his best overall season was arguably with Boston in 1879. That year, Bond went an astounding 43-19 with a 1.96 ERA (led the league) and 155 strikeouts. His 11 shutouts that year also led the NL.
Tom Hughes (2.22)—Tom Hughes pitched for the Boston Braves from 1914 to 1918, and he ranks second in franchise history with a 2.22 earned run average. Hughes had a career best 1.95 ERA with Boston in 1917, but that was in just 11 games. His best overall season was probably 1916. That year, Hughes went 16-3 (tied career high in wins) with a 2.35 ERA and 97 strikeouts.
Bill James (2.28)—Bill James had a relatively short career, all with the Boston Braves, from 1913 to 1915 and again in 1919. James ranks third in the team’s history with a 2.28 ERA, and his best season by far was 1914. That year, James had career best numbers in wins (26-7), ERA (1.90), and strikeouts (156).
Jim Whitney (2.49)—Jim Whitney pitched for Boston from 1881 to 1885 and he ranks fourth in their history with a 2.49 earned run average. Whitney had a career best 2.09 mark in 1884, but his best season was probably 1883. That year, Whitney had career highs in wins (37-21) and strikeouts (345, led the league), with a 2.24 ERA.
Art Nehf (2.52)—Art Nehf began his career with the Boston Braves and pitched there from 1915 to 1919. Nehf ranks fifth in franchise history with a 2.52 ERA, and he had a career best 2.01 ERA in 1916. But Nehf’s best season in Boston was 1917, when he went 17-8 with a 2.16 ERA and career high 101 strikeouts.
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