Baltimore Orioles All-Time ERA Leaders
The Baltimore Orioles are one of the more storied franchises in baseball, especially when you think back to the glory years of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. The team began play in 1901 as the Milwaukee Brewers, were the St. Louis Browns from 1902 to 1953 and became the Baltimore Orioles in 1954. The most memorable item this franchise has contributed to baseball history is having four 20 game winners in 1971—Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, Pat Dobson and Dave McNally. Amazingly, on this short list of franchise ERA leaders, none of those guys are on here. Anyway, here is that list of Orioles/Browns/Brewers leaders to date:
Harry Howell (2.06)—Harry Howell pitched for the St. Louis Browns from 1904 to 1910 and is first in team history with a 2.06 ERA. Howell had arguably his best season in 1908, when he had career best numbers in wins (18, against 18 losses), ERA (1.89) with 117 strikeouts.
Rube Waddell (2.19)—Rube Waddell pitched for the Browns from 1908 to 1910 and ranks second in franchise history with a 2.19 earned run average. Waddell had a career best 1.48 mark with Philadelphia in 1905, but his best season in St. Louis was 1908. That year, Waddell went 19-14 with a 1.89 ERA and 232 strikeouts.
Stu Miller (2.37)—Stu Miller pitched for the Orioles from 1963 to 1967 and ranks third in team history with a 2.37 ERA. Miller had his best season with the Orioles, in 1965. That year, he appeared in 67 games, all in relief, and had career best numbers in wins (14-7), ERA (1.89), with 24 saves and 104 strikeouts in 119 innings of work.
Hoyt Wilhelm (2.42)—Hoyt Wilhelm pitched for Baltimore from 1958 to 1962 and ranks fourth in their history with a 2.42 earned run average. Wilhelm had a career best 1.31 mark with Chicago in 1967, but his best season as an Oriole was one of his best overall. That was 1959, and that season Wilhelm went 15-11 (tied career high in wins) with a 2.19 ERA (led the AL) and career best 139 strikeouts.
Fred Glade (2.52)—Fred Glade pitched for the Browns from 1904 to 1907 and ranks fifth in franchise history with a 2.52 ERA. Glade had his best season in 1904, with career best numbers in wins (18-15), ERA (2.27) and strikeouts (156). He also added 6 shutouts.