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Detroit Tigers All-Time ERA Leaders

Updated on May 4, 2010

Harry Coveleski

Ed Killian

The Detroit Tigers have been a major league baseball franchise since 1901 and have four world titles to their name.  The team has also put some really great talent on the field, especially pitchers.  Here is a short list of the Tigers’ all-time leaders in earned run average (ERA) to date:

Harry Coveleski (2.34)—Harry Coveleski pitched for the Tigers from 1914 to 1918 and ranks first in team history with a 2.34 ERA.  Coveleski had two seasons in which he posted ERA’s under 1.25 but both were with Philadelphia and both were in just a handful of games.  His best overall season was arguably with the Tigers in 1916.  That year, Coveleski went 21-11 with a 1.97 ERA and 108 strikeouts.

Ed Killian (2.38)—Ed Killian pitched for the Tigers most of his career, from 1904 to 1910, and he ranks second in franchise history with a 2.38 earned run average.  Killian had a career best 1.71 mark in 1909, but his best overall season was 1907.  That year, he went 25-13 (career high in wins) with a 1.78 ERA and 96 strikeouts.

Ed Summers (2.42)—Ed Summers pitched his entire (but brief) career with the Tigers, from 1908 to 1912.  Summers ranks third in team history with a 2.42 ERA, and his best season was 1908.  That year, Summers had career best numbers in wins (24-12) and ERA (1.64) with 5 shutouts and 103 strikeouts. 

Bill Donovan (2.49)—Bill Donovan pitched most of his career in Detroit, from 1903 to 1912 and again in 1918.  Donovan ranks fourth in Tigers’ history with a 2.49 earned run average, and while he had a few instances of ERA under 2.00, those were in a handful of appearances.  Donovan’s best overall season was probably 1907.  That year, he went 25-4 (league leading winning percentage of .862) with a 2.19 ERA and 123 strikeouts.

Ed Siever (2.61)—Ed Siever pitched for the Tigers from 1901 to 1902 and again from 1906 to 1908.  Siever ranks fifth in franchise history with a 2.61 ERA and he had a career best 1.91 mark in 1902.  But Siever’s best season was probably 1907.  That year, he went 18-11 (tied career high in wins) with a 2.16 ERA and 88 strikeouts.


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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your hub about great sportsmen.